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The Human Side of Learning

This part of the learning process is sometimes slippery to grasp. Many times I have assumed that anybody in a career college should be responsible, serious and mature. When I don't notice these qualities I start wondering what is wrong?. However I have learned from this lesson that a little more concern and involvement in my individual and all students' lives is crucial for developing a positive learning environment. This environment forms the basis for being able to identify issues that would subbotage learning and address them early enough. Retention is a product of this intricate process. 

Retention and Motivation

I found this Program to be extremely useful. I received many tips that I will use with my students. I highly recommend 

this program to anyone intereted in learning about motivating students and themselve. The student retention information was also very useful. I will enjoy using what I learned in the classroom next week. 

Staying on track

I would say every instructor can lose focus from time to time. Taking time after each term to refocus. Students pick up on your every emotion. Your retention affects your students retention.

EDT 102

I enjoyed the material in this course. I wish there had been more Harvard video. I found there comments very useful.

ED102 Refection and Action Plan

This course reinforced the importance of knowing students by name and motivating them throughout the course. I have a greater respect for how important it is to know them and listen to their concerns. The reason I say this is yesterday, I got two students names wrong in the lab and could see with the look on one of their faces that she was disappointed that I didn't know her name. I must do better. I will do better with placing the face with the name.


Extrinsic motivators for adults...

 What sort of extrinsic motivators are most commonly used in a college English course. I would love to hear everyone's feedback!

Promoting Autonomy in the Classroom

Often, as an instructor in a developmental English course, I face the challenge of student ability verse student motivation. I find it perplexing in an 8 week course to inidividually get to know the abilities of each of my students, what motivates them, and how to incorporate that in daily lesson plans and activities. After reviewing this course, I am going to actively, with vigor, incorporate activities and lessons that promote student autonomy. This motivational key would work well with the students in my classroom. Working in a secure classroom is something that developmental students need to feel. I always… >>>

Student Retention

The online learning reinforced some of the approaches that I take with my students such as consistent feedback, allowing them to speak, sharing personal experiences and encouraging participation. I plan to continue to do these things as I continue with my teaching career.


i will remember my students names because it is a sign of respect. students like to know that their instructor remembers them

Enhancing Student Retention

I liked the idea of showing excitement for your class, keeping eye contact with students and acknowledging your students while they are speaking shows respect and that you care. I also learned to to pay attention to body language. I will use these techniques in motivating my students.

love your class and it will grow

Love your class and it will grow, I am a true believer of this statement. If you are teaching a class that you really enjoy the excitement will show, the time will fly by, the students are more likely make spread the word that "you have to take this class" other students will feel more at ease with talking to you even if you haven't had them in your class yet. So like planting a tree, you must take care when planting it to ensure a solid foundation, check up on it daily, and give plenty of attention.

By loving… >>>

My Plan

I have decided to focus on REFOCUSing as soon as possible.  I am going to incorporate more real-life scenarios and  interactive activities with my course.  My class can be so simple (medical terminology) and seem so easy to understand, but I do have some that stuggle and I think this will help them.  It won't hurt my over achievers either.

reflection on course

I was hoping that ths course would give me pointers on how to motivate the youg adult learner. However i teach in a program with fixed days and hours. So some of the techniques i liked butwere not possible to use in the program i teadh in. In addition there is an assumption that if you are an adult you hae the maturity to be self controled, motivated , and can focus and prioritize. The students coming out of high school today, een adult by age do not have the maturity for the automony and self control to do aolot… >>>

EDSE 102 - Retaining Student Retention

I enjoyed taking this course.  I found it to helpful in that it "reminded me" of some important ways to help students succeed in their classes. 

This class was also helpful in that it "reminded" me of some bad habits that we can slip into...Specifically, saying Um,  Uh, instead of being quiet, thinking, and THEN talking!

Thank you for a great class!

Going back to school

I have been teaching for a while but being a student is very new to me. ED102 showed me what I need to retain as well as how to help others retain. I consider myself a good teacher. These lessons and the short videos show me what great teachers do. I would love one day just to get to very good. Maybe this will help me get there.