Yvette Prior

Yvette Prior

About me

Educator, researcher, work psychologist, author.  I have been teaching in Higher Eduction on and off since the 1990s and my area of research is work motivation. My past work experience has included teaching art, counseling, hospitality management, and doing outreach. Yvette finds refreshment from yoga, exploring the arts, and writing. 


After this course, I have fresh ideas for evaluating students as they approach tasks and skill development in class. So many helpful takeaways and I appreciate the lesson planning template. I have made a variety of templates but will make sure objectives are clearly (and simply) written with the specific outcomes mentioned too. 



Comment on Francisco Gonzalez's post: I agree and the reminder was helpful 

I enjoyed the reminder to stay organized and to keep documenting lesson plans - even if we have years of teaching experience.

I started using spiral notebooks to writing down my lesson plans and reflection/next steps. 

On one page, I write the date and outline for the lesson plan. On the opposite page, I note what was covered - how the lesson unfolded, any key things to keep in mind, and then list next steps (either for next class, for a follow up assignment, or what needs to be introduced, reinforced, interacted with, etc.) I sometimes note if a particular… >>>

So far in this course I am enjoying the guideline for using online resources in ways that are legal and helpful in order to enhance the learning experience for classes. 

Comment on Becca Humphrey's post: I also learned social networking tools can augment online collaboration and learning in order to develop a community with the learners. :) 

The good news is that soft skills (EQ) can be developed and we can increase emoathy and work at regaulating emtons while we grow and continue to improve. 

I really enjoy how this first module used research to support the points and clams - for example how the workplace success requures 85% soft skills and 15% hard skills - and then also noting the study that argued that teamwork and undertsanding others are curcial for instructors to bring to the workplace. 

Like the reminder about how extrisnic rewards dirve behavior but might give temporary results and stduents could feel manipulated by those outer rewards 

Also, external rewards being used until the learner is intrinsically motivated was a good takeway

I think a challenge for instructors at ECPI has to do with the five week format and the modules that come with each shell - It can be difficult to make changes to a "shell" for a cource because staying on track for the five weeks is curcial in order to successfully do a condensed course 

However, ijstructors can still offer some adjustments - and should - and this module showed us some tips for allowing perceptions of autonomoy and giveing real choices to students to help them engage nore and enjoy class with more sucess 

I had so many takeaways from this course 

Two helpul ones related to 1) Using structure as a way to gudie and plan for effectvness, which ca then help us manage stress and allow for time to counter stress and 2) Tpping into self-care, midnfulness, good food, and plenty of sleep as ways to fortify health for better resstance to negafuve impacts of stress 

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