Part 3 of Professor Brenda Orazietti’s video talking about how she engages students in her large classes:
Bullet number nine, I use humor intermittently and in various ways. Sometimes I’ll use it as a one liner if the students seem very quiet and I’ve been talking for a while just to wake them up and jiggle them a bit and it’s just spontaneous, is nothing planned. It just comes off the cuff. Other times I’m not afraid to make a joke referring to myself. I’ll share experiences about some of my struggles that I have had as a new nurse. For example, the first time I gave a Bed Bath in my first nursing course in a long-term care facility to a woman that was screaming and yelling and pinching at me and had some dementia component. So it helps to make learning fun and it also helps to drive home the seriousness and the difficulty sometimes that you have as a novice trying to learn some of these very difficult skills. It’s coping and it also brings it home the reality. I was, I was once in their shoes. I remember the struggles and how real it was to try and overcome some of these barriers. So I’m not afraid to laugh at myself. I don’t use humour inappropriately where I laugh at students and make a mockery or insult them. It’s usually stories about myself and what I have gone through.
Number ten, I work hard to try and find examples that are current either in the media, or movies or course content that links to the reality of current events. For example, I was giving a lecture for 1900 that had to do with the changes in the older adult, physiological changes that were quite normal or common that you would see and this is in preparing the student to go into a long-term care facility. So the weekend prior to that lecture I went to see a movie called The Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, and in this movie Clint Eastwood portrayed an older man. He was probably in his eighties which is real to where he is now. He had vascular degeneration,
suffer from benign prostatic hypertrophy and had frequent falls and I linked the lecture content which was about all of that to the movie. So I am always searching for, for ways to make the content real, whether it’s a newspaper article, something on the CBC, a movie and I think that maybe helps to make it a little more current.
Bullet number eleven is my last point to share with you and it speaks to the personality and who you are as a professor. I believe in being positive and energetic, being yourself and being genuine. I have a true love for nursing and for teaching nursing and I try to be a perfect role model for the students. I feel that if you truly love what you do and have a genuine caring for what you do it’ll come through in how you, you’re lecturing and how you do your work. So for example students would come up to me afterwards and they’d say in the hallways or after a lecture, “you really love what you’re doing don’t you” and I’d say yes, does it show? And they’d say “oh yeah it’s awesome, I love your classes”. So that’s all I have to share with you for now and I wish you all the best in your teaching career. Thank you.