originally posted by berry
i will graduate in july i have encountered quite a few different styles of teachers. my advice
1. is demand professionalism and when you lay down a rule or a deadline stick to it. i know everybody complains about the harda##es but they also respect and enjoy the class more or at least i do (maybe because i started the professional part of my program a week after i left active duty)
2. don't bs an answer admit you don't know it and get back to me later or better yet tell me to research it and left you know what i found out.
3. short answer questions on the test at least half of it. i know the multiple choice nclex style application questions will prepare us for the big test but i know too many people who are going to guess themselves into a bsn. short answer will give them and you a true idea of what we know and how well we can apply it.
4. don't just read to me for 4 hours i bought the book and have the notes.
just some of my likes and dislikes
but no matter what you do somebody will be cursing you at the end of the day
excellent points berry, especially # 1, there is nothing i hate more than busting my butt to get an assignment finished then see others turning it in days later. (lol berry, must be that military side)
be human, read your students faces, if you see something really upsets them, find out why. i haven't had a psych rotation yet, but last semester when we were going over the basic psycosocial material, we were discussing suicide, my instructor noticed i got very quiet (not my norm) on break she came to talk with me. so when dealing with sensitive topics let the students know if they have any "ghosts" to talk with you about it before going to clinicals.
i am very lucky, i'm in a small program, less than 60 students for both levels, 3 wonderful full time instructors & 2 part time that assist with campus labs & test review.
good luck cindy, you have the hard part down, you already care about your students. feel free to send me a pm if you would like.