JSU's Director of Community Engagement discusses the implications and applications of incorporating service learning activities into coursework.
In the past few years, I have spent many hours thinking about what makes me a successful teacher. I always come back to one answer: the students. My success in the classroom is dependent upon my ability to connect with students. For me, the ultimate goal as an educator is to understand the best, most effective methods of teaching, while also relating to students as individuals who matter in my classroom. As a result of this desire to strengthen my classroom connections with my students, I have sought advice from numerous colleagues, as well as attended many faculty development training sessions focused on relational teaching in the classroom. The one thing I had not done, however, was to ask students what relational teaching meant to them. This gave me the idea to interview students and ask their opinion on the type of student-teacher relationships that motivate them in the classroom. In total, I interviewed 30+ students who wanted to share their opinions on relational teaching with the faculty at JSU. I created a video from those interviews with the hopes that other teachers would learn as much from the students' stories as I did.
Students often think of online classes as not “real” classes. Lack of faculty presence and failure to engage with the class turns students off to the online environment. The purpose of this session is to discuss how moving to an online class environment forced me to change my approach to connecting with students.
The presentation focuses on relational teaching, challenges and best practices, particularly in the online environment. I will discuss how to develop rapport and demonstrate support for students through online courses. Also, I will share my insight regarding the challenges and best practices for online instruction.
Kelly Paynter, who has taught online (at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels) since 2011, will share with the audience some strategies she uses to build relationships and community with online students. Audience members are encouraged to share their own success stories as we crowd-source ideas to improve our online instruction.
The speaker will lead discussion on how to be effective in fostering higher order cognitive skills such as critical thinking. One of the strategies the speaker used in his classroom was to lead the students to be aware of the skills they already possess to enhance their learning and retaining what they have learned. The presenter will discuss some strategies proven to be successful fostering critical thinking in students.
Dr. Lori Hill, Assistant Professor of Nursing, shares tips on relating to students in the higher education environment.
Assistant Professor and Department Head of Secondary Education Dr. Emily Sims shares her vision for becoming an exceptional teacher.
Appealing to Students with Multiple Disciplines using Both Study Abroad and Projects in Fermentation
Benjie Blair and Chris Murdock
Faculty from JSU's Biology Department share their experiences with study abroad programs in Costa Rica as well as other experiential learning experiences, such as a beer-making lab.
Allen Gilbert and Tom Anderson
JSU faculty share the methods they use to promote experiential learning in sports management and recreation courses.
Vinson Houston and Matthew McFall
JSU's Department of Information Technology presents training on using Microsoft Office 365.
Dr. Wofford offers her thoughts on using games to engage and relate to students.
“I’m Just a Professor, Standing in Front of a Class, Asking Them to Get Me:” Reflections on Relational Teaching from a Senior (i.e. Old) Professor
JSU's Head of the History History and Foreign Languages Department offers his perspective on innovative ways to reach students.
This presentation focuses on relating to students through the experiences of one of JSU's assistant professors of Drama.
Amy A. Simon and Benjamin Boozer
This presentation focuses on relational teaching strategies that are innovative in nature for online/hybrid educators.
Constant communication with students is crucial when it comes to building a network of trust, interest and support in the classroom. In this workshop, we will discuss the different ways that technology can act as a catalyst for you to create a strong infrastructure, allowing your students to thrive in your classroom.
In 2019, Faculty Commons offered multiple presentations and development opportunities. These included the Relational Teacher Track (RTT) sessions, which focus on ways to more effectively build relationships through teaching, mentoring, and advising students while bearing in mind KSE: kindness, support, and encouragement. Innovative Teacher Track (ITT) sessions were also offered, focusing on ways to be innovative in our classes by employing creative pedagogy, purposeful technology, and unique alterations to best practices. In addition, Faculty Commons offered an Exceptional Teacher series, presentations on revisions to JSU's promotion and tenure policies and use of Digital Measures, two writers' workshops, and a grantwriting seminar.
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