When you look at someone, there are many things that you might assume about that person. For instance, if I walk past you on the sidewalk and smile, you might presume that I’m in a good mood. There is a good chance that you are correct in your assumption, but there is also a chance that you are not. The only real way to find out if I’m in a good mood or not is to ask me.
There are many details of a person’s life that we do not see, and that’s perfectly normal because autonomy is necessary. But what if we challenged our assumptions about others by simply asking a question: Could this create a better learning environment for students?
To increase understanding and awareness, this blog post will explore an issue that is largely present on college campuses worldwide – food insecurity. We will explore the subject of food insecurity through the lens of a college student at NDSU.
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Our last two articles revolved primarily around tips, with one focused on connecting with students and the other on the classroom. This final “Here is What We Learned” post will focus on the major takeaways; the prominent themes that emerged for participants through this experience.
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In our last “Here is What We Learned” article we looked at ways to improve student relationship and connection. In addition to insights on relating to students, the Shadow a Student Challenge participants also made some observations about how we can improve the student experience in the classroom. Many of the observations made were drawn from great examples participants observed in the classrooms they visited; others were reflections made by participants on their own teaching and what they realized by sitting in the seat of a student again.
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For most of us, what was considered our normal daily way of life has changed dramatically over the past few weeks. Schools have gone to on-line instruction, people are being told to use social distancing and to shelter in place, and restaurants have been forced to close. These changes are bound to lead to a variety of intense feelings for many of us, with those people already suffering from anxiety and other mental health concerns likely to have more difficulties coping during this crisis. Continue reading “Caring for Yourself in Uncertain Times”
After one short day, the Shadow a Student Challenge presented participants with a plethora of new perspectives and ideas. One of the areas that many of the faculty, staff, and administrators that we interviewed reflected on involved how we connect with and relate to students.
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I hope, by now, in reading this series of stories about the Shadow a Student Challenge, you’ve noticed each administrator views their experience from a slightly different angle. It is fitting that we finish this series of personal interviews with the words of wisdom from Dr. Jane Schuh, vice president for Research and Creative Activity.
Throughout our interview, Schuh frequently mentioned the importance of perspective. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students view the happenings at this university from slightly different perspectives. Each viewpoint is equally important, but when all are presented together, the significance becomes very powerful. It is evident this Shadow a Student Challenge has the potential to provide opportunities for change on campus. Continue reading “Shadow a Student Challenge: Jane Schuh”
Dr. Tim O. Peterson first learned about the Shadow a Student Challenge by accident, though you could also describe the opportunity as chance, meant-to-be, or fate. This post could easily not have happened. There are so many other directions this story could have gone, if not for this savvy management professor at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Continue reading “Shadow a Student Challenge: Tim Peterson”
The experience gained from shadowing a student can be tremendously helpful in understanding who today’s students are and what challenges they face. For research, creative activity, and outreach, faculty may take several days away from work to travel to conferences, performances, or workshops. Taking just one day away to see NDSU from the perspective of a student can provide the same opportunities for professional development as a teacher.
Dr. Carrie Anne Platt, associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, first brought the Shadow a Student Challenge to NDSU in 2018, when she shadowed three students from her college. Read about that experience here. This past fall was her second experience shadowing a student. This year, Platt was paired with Seth Brandl, a music education major. Continue reading “Shadow a Student Challenge: Carrie Anne Platt”
Mindfulness is the word I think of as I reflect on my conversation with Dr. Rhonda Kitch, NDSU registrar, about her experience shadowing an NDSU student for a day. When Kitch was first approached about this opportunity, she was intrigued and knew it was the right thing to do. It’s obvious she made the right choice in participating, because I could see on her face and hear in her voice the tremendous impact this experience had on her.
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Dr. Scott Pryor, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering, shadowed a third-year mechanical engineering student, Mariah Rose. Rose also works as an administrative assistant in the Civil Engineering Department at North Dakota State University. This fact does not make Rose unique, though. According to the National Center for Education Statistics’ 2017 report on The Condition of Education, 43 percent of all full-time undergraduate college students and 81 percent of all part-time undergraduate college students are employed while seeking a degree. Because Rose is an example of the way many college students live, she is an excellent student to shadow. Continue reading “Shadow a Student Challenge: Scott Pryor”