“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” Patricia Neal from the Master Teacher, Vol. 39, No. 9
Who is responsible for motivating students and stimulating learning?
Both the pupil and the teacher have a role in motivating and stimulating learning. Faculty members dedicated to learning invest in increasing student moral and motivation. Working on motivation becomes a necessary element as a New Year’s resolution for a teacher. The motivation to work on these elements comes from employment as a college professor with 40 years experience in healthcare and four years of teaching research concepts to nursing students.
Apply learned principles from the class content to real-life situations
Real life examples link the classroom teaching to actual situations in the clinical setting. The student may not be aware of the rationale for monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure. Why treat increased levels of cholesterol and elevated blood pressure? The longitudinal research with the Framingham Study carried out in Framingham, Massachusetts demonstrated the effect of cholesterol and blood pressure abnormalities on heart disease. The study demonstrated that cholesterol and blood pressure produce heart disease. The study relates the research to the activities in current practice for treatment of heart disease.
Integrate feedback from homework assignments into the classroom lecture to engage students
By focusing on specific examples from the student’s work, a teacher motivates student participation in discussion by using their examples. Their homework becomes teachable moments in the learning process. The student’s confidence proliferates when the teacher portrays their pertinent ideas to the entire class.
Incorporate both positive and critical comments on homework
Development of self-confidence comes from positive feedback from the teacher or classmates, but constructive comments point out flaws in the student’s thinking or inadequate reading of course material.
Compare a pre- to a post-assessment survey of understanding research concepts
A Pre- and Post-survey tools measure the effectiveness of classroom lecture on a few major concepts of research. This assessment gives the teacher information on the effectiveness of knowledge transfer.
Identify barriers to the student learning experience
Barriers exist that obstruct the learning. After reading the textbook or supplemental articles, the student may fail to understand the material. Personal issues at home or work may interfere with studying or classroom attendance.