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Friday, February 25, 2011

The first objective: Enter to Learn...

                Personal Written Objectives and Reflective Journaling
This week we are posting personal objectives, which are to be achieved during the clinical and didactic teaching practicum during my Teaching Methodologies class. As you can see one of my first objectives in each area is to become more comfortable with writing objectives! Objectives are important. They offer the teacher and the learner a guide for what will be covered and how.  Bastable and Doody (2008) note, “Together, objectives and goals form a map that provides directions (objectives) as to how to arrive at a particular destination (goal) (p.286). Below I have written my clinical and didactic objectives. On a side note, it is harder than it looks!
                                      Clinical Objectives:
When planning for clinical, I will write clear objectives by utilizing our teaching texts.
In the clinical environment, I will make appropriate assignments after reviewing the dynamics of the setting.
Prior to clinical practice, I will organize an effective pre-conference by addressing student orientation needs.
After clinical practice, I will choose relevant post-conference topics to review and reinforce situational learning.
In the clinical environment, I will recognize student needs for support and reassurance by observing the students and checking with their nurses.
In the clinical environment, I will demonstrate leadership and direction by being available and involved with the students and nurses.
In the clinical environment, I will evaluate student-nursing care by assessing patient care and charting.
In the clinical environment, I will demonstrate understanding of the legal responsibility of the instructor by reviewing hospital and school protocols.
Finally, my preceptor and the students will assess all these objectives. They will observe my performance in the clinical environment and critique my abilities with a final written evaluation.
                                                        Didactic Objectives:
Prior to class, I will write clear objectives for class instruction by referencing our class texts.
Prior to class, I will organize and plan didactic instruction by reviewing the material to be taught.
Prior to class, I will create lesson plans by expanding upon the material to be taught.
During class, I will generate excitement and interest in the presented material by involving students in class discussion.
During class, I will foster activities to create critical thinking by introducing relevant case studies.
During class, I will demonstrate professional and caring behavior by coming to class prepared.
During class, I will foster understanding versus memorization with the utilization of real case studies.
Following class, I will evaluate student comprehension and retention by inviting discussion.
            As with the clinical portion, the didactic portion of the class will be evaluated by the preceptor and the students. This will be accomplished with a written critique.
 I feel a bit better since I met with my preceptor. Together we have tentatively mapped out the didactic portion of my teaching project. She has sent me her PowerPoints and I will be supplementing her teaching with appropriate case studies. These will allow the students to practice some critical thinking skills. The three classes will be devoted to the muscular/skeletal system, the gastrointestinal tract and the genitourinary tract. Each class session I will have an hour to teach. I really would like to find ways to help the students interact with the material. That is why I felt that case studies could provide this essential link between the written material and nursing care.
 The picture featured in this post is by Alan Levine. It was taken at Keene State College and it speaks volumes about learning. The verb enter can be substituted with many others: read to learn, study to learn, write to learn, compute to learn...the key is that learning is linked with an action verb, as are objectives! Consequently, to learn one must take action.
Bastable, S., & Doody, J. (2008). Behavioral Objectives. In S. Bastable (Ed.), Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (3rd ed., pp. 383-427). Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Friday, February 18, 2011

And so it begins...

Hello, old friend. I recently finished my Nursing Informatics class, which I loved....Now I am beginning Teaching Methodologies. I am excited about this. For the next five weeks I will be blogging about the first classes I... yes I... will be planning, implementing and teaching! I hardly know what to expect. One thing I have learned, is that when a professor teaches a class, and you learn, and it's interesting, a lot of hard work went into it! So, to say that I am not nervous and a little overwhelmed, at this point, would be a falsehood.

This week I have begun by finding my preceptor. I am so happy that I started instructing clinical students with a local technical college this past fall, in addition to my job at the clinic. I have met some wonderful masters and PhD prepared instructors who are very agreeable to helping me. Thankfully, God is always one step ahead of me. Don't you love it when we say things like this? How small we often think. Of course God is one step ahead of me; He is, after all, the beginning and the end! When I began teaching, I viewed  this only as a way to make much needed extra income! Shortsighted, I know.

At this point, I have spoken with my preceptor and we have discussed some ideas as to how we will accomplish the teaching required for this five weeks. All total I need 22.5 hours in clinical teaching and 22.5 hours in classroom teaching. This weekend I will try and work on a plan and all my objectives. I believe we are going to come up with some material to reinforce some of her teaching and to hit areas they may not otherwise have time to cover. In short, this is going to be a crazy busy weekend. Hopefully, though, it will be very productive. I am a big planner, so once I get this all set up I'll feel much better.

Often I like to use historical nursing photos for project blogs but I couldn't resist this picture of "Dorrie as a nurse." I too am just beginning my life as a nurse educator, however, I am not near as cute! The photographer is Paul Schultz and I found this photo on Flickr. It has an attribution license which allows users to re-post if they credit the author. For budding bloggers remember to check the license of the photo you wish to post. If it is copyrighted you will need permission from the author. This is one reason I like to go to Flickr and check the creative commons gallery.