Leia Trainor

Leia Trainor

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I believe having critical listening skills helps to build relationships that are viewed as genuine. This can be true when listening to someone experiencing a crisis. Listening intently without interrupting allows the person in crisis to 'be heard'. I have learned that sometimes it is helpful for people to get things off their chest and to hear themselves vent or discuss the trauma can be cathartic.

Idendify potential behaviors early that may not set student up for success (self-isolation, attendance issues, lack of engagement, low performance, low participation). Based on observations and interviews of faculty, staff, and student, identify and deploy an individualized success plan. Co-develop with student and include other students (if appropriate) to increase peer interaction, support, and collaboration. If an individualized intervention is most approriate, (study schedule, personal obstacles, health related etc.), then co-develop with the individual student. Follow through and up at regular intervals and adjust plan as needed.

There are multiple stakeholder groups that make up colleges/univerisities that must be considered and included when making technlogy changes. Also, planning is paramount to the success of the appropriate and accurate development and implementation of technology. Vendors should be vetted to ensure they are not just selling their product.


Instrinsic motivators are self-gratifying and do not require any other reward. Extrinsic typcially requires recognition, reward, grade, or certificate. Extrinsic can eventually lead to intrinsic.


Students can feel more secure when they ahave increased competence through persistence and effort. Increased security can be promoted by the instructor by being non-threatening, reassurring, an dbeing clear and concise with ideas and instructions. Autonomy for the student can be exercised by allowing the student choices with assignments, sequencing of some assignments, and choosing methods of instructions.


Motivation can be in many diffeent forms such as positive reinforcement through immediate feedback, the student seeing meaning and purpose in the information (content), and seeing the relevancy and relationship of course content. Retention of content through semantic and/or episodic memory can be a motivating factor as well. Transference, by way of moving short term memory to long term memory can be motivating to the student as they are applying new skills, knowledge, and abilities to the field.

The combination of learnativity and establishing rapport with students can set the stage for student retention. Rapport between the instrutor and student can develop mutual respect, trust, and identify common goals that result in an emotional bond. This bond with student can improve classroom managment by decreasing managment issues with students.

Understanding student needsboth intrinsic and extrinsic are essential to student success. Using the human factor to connect with students and providing personal attention and educationa can generate a foundation for learning and success. Being respectful of each student and giving sincere feedback that is frequent, positive, and and early on can serve as a success tool as well.

Understanding the unique needs of each student is the foundation to student success. This may inlude their age, life experiences, motivation, support sytems, personal circumstances, and if any frustrations exists. Being an active listener is essential to student success as well.

Lecture format is key to a successful delivery and can be delivered in various ways such as expository, interactive, problem-solving, case studies, or a combination. Practice, practice, practice can better prepare the instructor for a successful delivery.

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