raymond spillers

raymond spillersCHEP

About me


I enjoyed the course and plan on implementing what I have learned in the classroom.
I have completed and enjoyed this leading and motivating course. the proof is in the pudding. however, I feel the topic even though somewhat controversal is worthwhile and will help me in developing a better understanding of how and when to take charge of a situation.
I personally feel that analitical thinking has more to do with knowledge of the particuler subject matter, IE: Mechanical, administrative or Mathmatical,and hands on experience rather than generl subject matter. it's extremely difficult if not impossible to apply analitical thought process to a subject that one does not understand the ground rules for the subject at hand.
the desired learning outcome is based on the present curriculem, no changes are normally made unless 1.) the curriculem changes or 2.) if their happens to be errors discovered upon going over the details in the desired learning outcome with the students.
I feel that lesson planning (as in my situation) that constitute 6 or more hours of lecture, planning and schedueling are important. However, I also think that appropriate breaks out of the classroom IE: 30 min or even more every 2-hours to apply practical hands on exercises having to do with or in conjunction with the lecture material are even more appropriate than the lecture material. all day in the classroom is too much.
I have been using what we term as a "desired learning outcome" IE: what is expected to be learned from a particuler segment of the lesson plan? then we discuss the end result in order to gather input from the students actively involved in the course curriculem.
during lecture periods I find that outside activities associated with the lecture material tends to tie lecture with reality and assists in keeping the students interested. also field trips associated with the course being taught tend to allow welcome breaks from the daily routine, They seem to refresh the students and keep them on track as well as allowing the students to experience the real world in their field of endeaver.

it is assumed that all of us deal with stress in one form or another. I suppose this is somewhat true. never the less. I always believe that stressing out or not stressing out is a choice we make relative to the circumstance at the time. sometimes doing nothing other than rethinking the situation is adaquate to relieve the so called stress. one persons stress is anothers joy. the key is to not allow anyone or anything steal your joy. not even yourself. think and stay positive and dedicated, know that you are doing the best you can be and… >>>

stress can be caused by perception, look at the positive and not the negative. do your job at the time, stay focused and dedicated, stay on track. disregard circumstance that make your mind wander. deal with situations as they develop on a one to one basis whether they be travel to and from work, office and manangement conflicts or students who need assistance. then put them behind you whether it be faculty or students always stay calm and think things through. dont make snap judgements. time management can be very helpful.
I suspect that stress is not only controllable as it develops if/when we are able to recognize the symptoms, and we can. I feel that stress is reversable when we take charge. one can stop stressing by using relaxation, meditation. and looking at the positive as opposed to the negative in any and all situations and scenarios. such as running a tight ship,(meaning) establish classroom rules and priorities and by allowing the students comply to our protocol because they want to. the class will run more smoothly and stress will disapear.

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