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Philosophy of teaching

Carrie’s philosophy of teaching was about empowering the students, which stood in contrast to her own graduate school instructors’ stances. She recalled their teaching as strongly teacher-centered, which manifested itself in a strictly lecture-style learning environment. Carrie was very clear that she did not want to emulate her models. The biggest difference between Carrie and her instructors was their attitudes toward the students. “I’ve tried real hard to be conscious of how I interact with my students and treat my students so that I won’t treat them like I was treated.” Carrie characterized her treatment by her instructors as condescending; they discounted students’ responses in class and acted as gatekeepers.

I don’t teach at students, I try very hard to dialogue and to encourage thinking because they’ve not been taught to think. My assumption is that when the students come to class, especially when they begin the graduate program, that there’s going to be an overall learning curve, period. And so I do whatever I can, without doing their work for them, to help them to understand. We have a lot of students who are older, and some of them may have been out of school 10 years, 5 years. It’s my role to empower them, to let them know that regardless of when they graduated from college, that they can do the work.

How she taught

Carrie taught the theories course off-campus as a hybrid. Carrie met face-to-face with the class three weekends of the semester, where she lectured, showed videos, and directed the students in experiential learning exercises. She taught all day Saturday, and half a day on Sunday for a total of 13 hours.

They do their exams online and I go up on the three weekends to lecture. They do the videos and responses to the videos online, and then we spend the time together just lecturing and asking questions, and discussing the text, and whatever.

As the students read each chapter, they took the corresponding online quiz on the Online Day website. The quizzes gave both the students and the instructor immediate feedback on their understanding of the material.

Despite having used discussion boards in previous courses she taught in WebCT, Carrie did not use the discussion board component of the Online Day; she had found it too time-consuming. Carrie described how she implemented an online discussion, posting a topic question, and leaving the discussion open for a week or two, “for the students to respond to the question, and to respond to other students’ responses.”

When pressed to explain why she hadn’t made use of the discussion board, at first she explained that there was ample time for discussion when they met face-to-face. However, in time, she began to open up and share her experience with discussion boards.

I’m going to be very honest with you here. I guess sometimes it gets to be so much, a discussion board just sometimes gets to be so much! And to have to respond to every student two or three times, it’s something that I stopped doing a while back. At the end of the semester when I would use the discussion board, I would pull the whole thing and read through it and look at the quality of the comments that the students made.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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