… won’t hurt them. That is correct, isn’t it?
Wrong! There is so much students need to know and often don’t. Think of it this way, what do you need to know to pilot a space shuttle? Write everything down. Think you got it all? It’s doubtful, just like it’s doubtful your students know everything they should. How can they? Often times they don’t even know what they don’t know. The result? It may be problems in your class. It may be problems in other class or even the problems registering for other classes. It may be when they complete their coursework and apply graduate. Ouch! Those are the ones that the dean often hears about.
In this category, I will talk about many, many things. I have some humorous anecdotes to share. (It’s a character flaw – making fun of someone’s mistakes behind his or her back. Oh well, the names will be changed to protect the guilty.) In particular, I will give you my thoughts about what you should tell your students that maybe lays just a tad outside the scope of your course. Think of these as learning outcomes that aren’t on your syllabus, but never-the-less ones that a good instructor incorporates in the class. They will range from general education outcomes to, and this is the most important one, the student’s role in the learning process. Some students don’t understand their role and if they do they don’t fulfill their obligation. Oh well, at least we try. Stay tuned.
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.