William Breckenridge

William Breckenridge

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I have learned that creating a good, enthusiastic learning environment is key to success. I am a people person, as well as a standup comedian, and this skill help me in making the students feel comfortable.

An instructor must focus on the students because that is the reason the instructor is there; for the students. This requires paying attention to the classroom environment.

Students, many times, emulate their instructor. What a teacher's characteristics are will be illuminated before the students, and they learn a great deal. I think it is important that teachers be motivated in helping learners learn.

Very interesting module. I have had tons of experience teaching people of different ages and backgrounds in the military and Capella University. Therefore, I am equipped with what it takes to deal with a vast array of different people. However, I did learn a lot from this module. It has expanded my view on learners and their needs. 

Teaching styles can vary, depending on the audience (students). It is the same way when I go do standup comedy, I look at the audience and decide what kind of jokes I will say. One must be very versatile when it comes to teaching students because everyone is different, so adjustments must be made to be successful.

This may be the most important thing, the impression you make for the students after seeing them for the first time.  This will alleviate the stranger feeling they get from meeting someone for the first time. I am a charismatic person so I think that my students will relate to me.

I learned that successful teaching stems from preparation and planning. Being organized and timely could prove to be necessary characteristics in the art of teaching.

Reviewing all of the material in this module, I have learned that it is very important to realize that the student comes first, and not the teacher. Also, it is all important that we motivate the students and get them excited about learning, manage our time efficiently, be a good model for them and set the example. I have a great saying that I thought of regarding benefitting the students' work, "Be Clear, Succinct, and Unambiguous" (Breckenridge, 2020).

"Let's Keep It Moving, We've Got Work To Do"

~Dr. Breckenridge~

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