The First Day of Class

The Center For Faculty Excellence  of the University of North Carolina (2009) put out the article: The First Day of Class.

It may seem funny for me to be thinking about my first day of classes with my upcoming class at the end of August when I have just finished my last day of classes with my current students.  It is however how we educators think.  We must compile student feedback and also our own thoughts about how the past year has gone in order to plan for how we can improve things for next year.  It is tempting to finish the last class and run out the door never to look back until the end of August.  By then, we may have rejuvinated, but we may also have forgotten some of the things we wanted to change or the feedback that was important for us to make things better next year.  So, here I am reflecting on how some of the things went in my classroom this year.  I found this wonderful article about how to clearly communicate and set the stage for learning with the new students on day one.  This has helped me to reflect on what I did last year and to think about what I liked and what I want to change about my first day and my first week with the new group of students.

I hope this article is helpful to all of you educators out there as well.



Try the “Protect Patti” Game

Protect Patti Game

For all of you non-nursing readers, this post may be a bit confusing and unrelated to your personal or professional lives. I am posting this link as it is a great educational video game called the “Protect Patti” game.
Nurses, nursing students and nurse educators will enjoy this game…and you will learn (or be reminded) about the correct protocols for “Practicing Personal Protection” in regards to infectious diseases when caring for patients or clients.

A great online tool to give to students to practice. It is from Interior Health.

Provincial Instructors Diploma 3250 Video Project

Journaling: An Instructional Strategy

Well, this week I completed a powerpoint video for my 3250 course (link above). I must admit it took far longer and took far more effort than I wanted to give, but there is it.

How ironic that the topic I chose is on journaling and this week, I took no time to journal. I was waaay too busy doing this assignment that there was definitely no time for personal reflection in a journal. Obviously I am not getting to the quiet time that I talked about in the last post. To be honest, I am just trying to get this course work done. Once I am done 3250 THEN I can slow down…

I know, I know…when I am the busyest is when it is best to take time to exercise etc. For now, working, taking this class and being a mom and a wife is all I can handle. Slowing down to smell the flowers is more like taking a five minute break here and there.

Kudo’s to all of you nurses out there who are taking time to reflect on your day and to take some deep breaths and do a few things to destress, whatever that might be.

Talk soon,
Connie, The Nursing Instructor

Off to mark some papers!! 🙂

The Benefits of Quiet Time

<The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain.

Wow!  I watched this TED Talk that was introduced to me by my Instructor in the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma.  It really stirred me up.  I have been feeling very burned out lately.  Way too many things on my plate.  Teaching nursing full time, taking courses to finish my Instructor’s Diploma, being a mom and a wife and attempting to manage my home in and amongst all of it.  At some point, something has to give.  One person cannot do everything at full speed and still expect to keep energized, healthy and motivated in all areas of life.    The questions that have been breaking into my thoughts through my busyness are the very questions that I have been ignoring.  When will I take time to rest my mind?  My body?  My spirit?  When will I have or take time to exercise again on a regular basis?  Is it ok to ‘waste time’ just being?  What thoughts will come up into my mind if I am not distracting myself with busyness?  What would happen if I chose to slow down and do less?  Would I get bored?

Because of my mind that has been trained to think within the framework of the Nursing Process, I always find myself ‘prioritizing’ the needs in my environment.  Of course my priority list is constantly changing and shifting, but in reflection, what I have noticed is that I have been ignoring these very questions that may re-energize me in the end.  Because I keep pushing forward with my huge ‘to do list’, I have not taken time to think about my day or my tomorrow in order to come up with creative, different ways to manage the load.  I simply keep pushing on with my regular mode of operation.  I also haven’t taken time to let my mind be in order to allow thoughts or feelings to come up in order to process that which may be getting in the way of new creative thoughts and ideas. 

My plan:  Take time each day to just sit in a quiet place.  No media, no talking, no distractions.  I will see what comes of it and in later posts…I will let you know.

Try it with me. 

I will post more about this on a later date…I have lots of other ideas about this. 

Teen Texting and Shallow Thought

A colleague of mine showed me the link to this study by the University of Winnipeg.

Here is a direct quote:
A University of Winnipeg study finds that students who are heavy texters place less importance on moral, aesthetic, and spiritual goals, and greater importance on wealth and image. Those who texted more than 100 times a day were 30 per cent less likely to feel strongly that leading an ethical, principled life was important to them, in comparison to those who texted 50 times or less a day. Higher texting frequency was also consistently associated with higher levels of ethnic prejudice.” (Trapnell, P. & Sinclair, L., Nd, Texting Frequency and The Moral Shallowing Hypothesis).

Yikes, this is a scary thought considering that the type of students that I want to attract into the nursing program and thus the nursing profession are those who place a high importance on morality and a strong desire to lead a highly ethical, principled life with a large capacity to care for and think about others. Is this a concern we need to have for the future of our profession??