State of General Educ LO7444

Dr. Ivan Blanco (BLANCO@BU4090.BARRY.EDU)
Wed, 15 May 1996 16:43:49 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO7134 --

I am back after a few days in beautiful Cali, Colombia. It is a very
impressive city, which does not fit the image and reputation given by the
media (ours here in the U.S.?).

> Date: Thu, 2 May 1996 14:23:03 -0400
> From: Dr Ilfryn Price <>
> Responding to one of Marrian Jelleniks questions [the others were good but
> I am out of time and this one infected me]
> >How can we transform our students,
> >one by one and class by class, into enthusiastic self-directed learners
> >for whom insight is an everyday explosion of delight? Ideas?
> Humility and enthusiasm. - rare combination in college professors. They
> don't get selected that way [unwritten rules again]
> If Price

I agree with the humility and enthusiasm requirements. I teachers were
less arrogant and really loved helping others learn, then it would be

I would like to add:

- Treat students as adults, and you might be surprised by how they react -
as responsible adults.

- Insist on the fact that we cannot teach anything to any one, unless the
person is willing to learn. Here, I recognize in front of my students
that I cannot control the process. It is them the ones who have to learn.

- Allow them to express what they think about the material used in class,
such textbooks. My students just debated the fact that they were not
learning anything in my class, and I let them argue (basically as an
observer). One of the conclusion of their discussion was that those who
were complaining too much aboout the texts used had not been doing their
readings. They admited to that... This was a discussion a bunch of
adults, and I loved it.

- Be creative on the instruments you use to measure their "learning," if
can be measure. DO not use exams. I believe they send the wrong message
about the "right material to study," the intimidating factor, etc.

- Allow and encourage students to use their examples from lfe when
explaining certain concepts. This helps them see things better, in that
they see theories as more significant.

Any others?

-- Ivan,


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