Changing to Webinar-Style Education: Is it possible?

Changing to Webinar-Style Education: Is it possible?

What do we need to do to really connect to this generation of students? How can we inspire them to accomplish and learn without feeling like we need to do it for them? Can we use the new forum of webinars, workshops, and blog articles with condensed and concise information to hold their attention and get them to do more quality work? Just the other day on an education forum with veteran female Marines, one young woman vented about her fellow college students: “Kids are SLEEPING IN THE FIRST ROW! And when one of my professors calls out a kid by name to answer a question and he gave him this stupid look and didn’t even say a word. SAY SOMETHING! Then we had an essay due last night (an easy essay!) and almost the entire class asked for an extension. Which I get when you really need it! But some of these kids said they just didn’t get around to it in time 🤦🏼‍♀️ Plus 90% of the students I come across have NO respect. Y’all, it’s driving me up a wall. I can’t.” Okay, maybe this is an individual circumstance, or maybe it is a generational issue, or maybe it is because the teacher did not set clear expectations. But maybe, just maybe, we teachers need to admit that the old way of doing things is NOT WORKING!!  Let’s consider that maybe we teachers can use the instant gratification and technological advances of this age to improve our delivery rather than complaining that these students just don’t get it. Because they do.  They do get it.  They...
How to have an Intellectual Conversation

How to have an Intellectual Conversation

Whether you are the one who wants to increase the depth of your intellectual conversations or you want to teach your students or children, there are things you need to know: Learn to have an intellectual conversation. You can use a resource like the conversation place mat or use some of the free resources I have on my Teachers Pay Teacher page here.  I am a huge fan of using templates and sentence starters.  I have found that if we give the students the words to use then they are able to confidently enter the conversation. Know that everyone is welcome to join the intellectual conversation. Are you a fan of music?  Do you know that there is an intellectual conversation going on between musicians? They respond to one another in an album  They respond to rumors or expectations that people have of them. Think Taylor Swift. Intellectual in this sense just means that they are talking about subjects that only a core group of people are involved in and completely understand. The same type of conversations are happening in the intellectual circles.  College is an opportunity for you to join that conversation.  Everyone is welcome at that circle.  All you need is the words to join. Learn to ask good questions. Socrates said, “The only thing I know is that I know nothing.”  If Socrates can say that and base his whole intellectual platform on asking questions, you can, too. If you don’t know what to say, ask a good question. The two here can be used in just about any context.  Try it and see what happens:...