Reflective Writing Number One: Student Pathway

Posted on 19. Jan, 2010 by in Connections

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Spend the next ten to fifteen minutes reflecting on your own student pathway to instructor, librarian, counselor, administrator. Use the four questions below as prompts to  help you brainstorm.

In  chapter one of the College Fear Factor, Rebecca Cox outlines the change in demographics and the increase in diversity of today’s college student. She references a study from the National Center for Education Statistics that estimates 75 percent of undergraduates possessed non traditional characteristics (financial independence, part time college attendance, delayed enrollment  after high school, full time employment and caring for dependents).

  1. Think back to when you were a college student.  Describe to what extent you were a traditional (full time student, not working, etc)  or  a non traditional college student (financial independence, part time college attendance, delayed enrollment  after high school, full time employment and caring for dependents). Perhaps you were a combination of both.
  2. What’s some of the best advice or kernels of truth that you have received from a teacher when you were a student?  Were there any obstacles that you encountered along the path toward earning your degrees, and if so, how did you overcome them?
  3. To what extent does the type of student that you were in college influence your expectations of students today as an instructor?
  4. How do you deal with underprepared students? Do you stick to standards, try to make the curriculum easier, try to help students meet the standards…?

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