This is part 1 of a video of Professor Brenda Orazietti talking about how she engages students in her large classes.
Good morning, it’s March 2013, my name is Brenda Orazietti. I am with the faculty of health, I teach nursing. I am a new faculty member here at York University. I started in August of last year. I have been in a teaching role for 12 years since the year 2000. This is the very first time I’ve been lecturing a full course and I’m very grateful to be here. I’m going to share with you some of my top teaching strategies for engaging students. There’s eleven different points.
First point would have to do with being appreciative for the opportunity you’ve been given. I’m very grateful to doctor Claire Ouellet to give me this opportunity to be part of her nursing faculty. I’m also very grateful to be part of a very fabulous team that has helped embrace me in my learning into get going in the whole curriculum and course outlines and how to figure things out, so such people like Lynn, Nina Singh, Pat Bradley, Eva Pensacola and Ruth Bureau have been very supportive In embracing me into the faculty of nursing and faculty of health. So I also tell students that I’m very appreciative and grateful to be here and happy to be their professor for the courses that I do you teach and that’s genuine so you can’t be saying things that aren’t genuine so you have to be genuine.
Step 2, I start off the semester with rules of the classroom. These rules of the classroom are very important for setting the stage for helping students learn. They are part of the course outline and they’re posted on Moodle and it’s not just a document that sits there it it deserves attention and I speak to it day 1 of all my courses so it involves things such as I speak no one else speaks, you will have your turn, just raise your hand. All cell phones must be turned on to vibrate or off and put away. If your laptop is open, only course material must be up on your laptop and then to have, you have to also enforce your rules as well. There’s no point in having a classroom rule it you’re not able to enforce them.
Point 3 you want to get to know the students, who they are, their names and explain why they need to get to know each other in the classroom as well as yourself. So I request that they put name bars up in front of themselves whether it’s hanging over their laptop or not I also encourage them to please say hi to me in the hallway or around the university, strike up a conversation. I let them know that I care about who they are and that I do want to get to know them in trying to facilitate their learning or help them out in ways that only a professor can help them out with. But if you don’t know who they are it’s very hard through just an email if you haven’t had a face to face conversation with them and put a name to a face
Point number four, tell them about you, have your students get to know who you are as not just a professional, obviously that’s why you’re hired to do the job, because you have great professional experiences and credentials, so it’s part of that, but also share with them who you are as a person. So I let them know who I am. I tell them that I’m a mom and a wife and I have a son. I tell them about my son and my husband and I tell them about my Dog; I’m a huge animal lover. I also tell them I’m a CrackBerry addict, in other words my blackberry and I are best friends and I’m attached to it 24/7 and that they can always get an immediate reply from me because I’m attached to it all the time and so things like that, you know, I’ll tell them stories about maybe something I would have done in the past week in from when I last saw them. Share them, share with them something about what goes on in my life so I’m real, I’m a human being.