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Each of my classes are approached in the same way. I want my students to learn the material and be able to apply the material. At the end of the term, I want each student to feel as if they could become a consultant in the field that they just studied.
I strongly encourage my students to learn and experiment and I do the same. At the end of every term, I ask students what they liked about my class and what they did not like. From their suggestions, I make changes to the class. For example, in response to student feedback, I have added discussion board questions for students to ask questions. I even started giving extra credit for students who found outdated material or test questions in my course. I also began limiting the ways students could communicate with me (via phone and e-mail) so I could respond faster to student inquiries. I even bought a smart phone so I could answer emails faster.
- Real Life Situations – My assignments are from real life situations.
- Use What You Have Learned – Assignments are not assigned to have students regurgitate the material. Instead, I ask students to use the material in an analytical manner. For example, instead of asking students to tell me what risks are involved for a business going international, I ask them to tell me what risks they face for their retail company entering China. Students are then required to come up with ways to mitigate those risks.
- Teamwork – When at all possible, students are required to work in teams. The reason for the frequent teamwork is that I have never worked in a job that did not require reliance on others. I want students to learn how to work in teams during college. If you don’t like working in groups, my classes are not for you.
How to Succeed
- Love Making Mistakes – I want my students to make their mistakes in College and not in the real world. I am a very tough grader but I give very specific feedback. Students have the opportunity to address my feedback and turn in their assignment again for a chance at full credit. Students can turn their assignments in as many times as they wish for a chance at higher credit each time.
- Hard Work – In most cases you will not get full credit on an assignment the first time you turn it in. I will find as many mistakes as I can and tell you what you missed or got wrong. Then you have the opportunity to address my feedback and turn the assignment in again for full credit. In 95% of the cases, students receive full credit the first time they resubmit the assignment. Students who succeed in my class with an A take advantage of this learning opportunity.
- Pay Attention to the Directions – As you can see in my feedback, students either loved or hated my class. I demand a lot of students, and I give very specific directions on how to do the work the easy way. If you follow the directions and review the class syllabus, you will enjoy the class. If you don’t, you better watch out.
About My School
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a state college in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S., and part of the Florida College System. It is one of several institutions in the Florida College System designated a “state college”, as it offers a greater number of four-year bachelor’s degrees than traditional two-year community colleges.
The school was founded in 1966 as Florida Junior College. It was known as Florida Community College at Jacksonville from 1986–2009, at which point it took its current name to reflect its changed focus. The college has four major physical campuses and several additional centers located around the First Coast region, and currently enrolls 81,370 students, making it the second largest institution of higher education in Florida.
I currently teach at Florid State College at Jacksonville, out of their Nassau Campus.