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Since we give workshops on the same topics, I would be interested in hearing
suggestions.

Jelaine McCamish
Instructional Specialist
Owensboro Community College
4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY  42303
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>From: Jenny Ruchhoeft <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: "Hey, you in the back...Mr./Ms. Inattentive!"
>Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 15:05:24 -0500
>
>To Listserve members who would be willing to share any effective teaching
>tools for difficult audiences:
>
>I am an academic counselor at a large four year university.  In addition to
>meeting individually with students for academic success counseling, I give
>workshops throughout the semester on various academic topics (e.g. time
>management, preparing for exams, test anxiety, notetaking, reading
>comprehension, learning styles, etc.).  I try to make sure that I clearly
>present the information, include colorful slides, and make the workshops as
>interactive as possible.  In addition, I always ask for feedback and
>encourage participation.  Generally, the students who participate in the
>workshops are eager to receive the helpful information.  On occasion
>(written with some sarcasm), students attend the workshops because they
>have to do so for course credit and are not exactly attentive or
>respectful.  Likewise, when guest lecturing a class on any of these topics,
>sometimes a segment of the class has become disruptive (perhaps the
>substitute-teacher phenomenon).  I have learned not to take this
>inattention personally :) and I would like to improve my ability to reach
>disruptive students without shaming them in front of the class.  In other
>words, I want to learn what has worked for guiding the students (i.e.
>aligning with them, if you will) instead of blasting them with feedback
>that might feed into their negative attention-seeking behavior.
>
>Do any of you have creative ideas or teaching savvy that you would be
>willing to share?
>
>Please respond directly to my email address: [log in to unmask] (just copy and
>paste into the "To" address slot) unless you feel that the information
>would be pertinent for others' on the list to know.
>
>Sincerely,
>Jenny Ruchhoeft
>Academic Cslr.
>Univ. of Houston

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