Let me start by saying that this is not an exhaustive list. And, this list is based on my experiences as a college professor, teaching assistant, and life-long learner. I also talk to other instructors in the college environment, as well as teachers in the primary and secondary schools.
1. Show up to class
2. Read the syllabus or course outline
3. Come prepared
4. Talk to us after class or in office hours. You are never bugging us when you want to chat about the course or materials. If you need another copy of the syllabus, ask for it.
5. Plan your time accordingly for the assignments. We realize that you have other courses
6. When you email us, please use complete sentences and the usual rules of writing. And, start of formal and use Prof. A or Professor. Some profs prefer the title and others will say it’s fine to use their first name.
7. Be open to the materials and course content.
8. Get involved
9. Come to office hours
10. Review graded work with the prof to see what you can do better next time. <This is different than asking for more points>.
11. Have fun
Number 11 is about making connections between the materials and your other courses or events in the news. Overall, I want to see you engaged and it is a give and take situation. I cannot expect students to magically engage–part of it is my work. I need to make you want to come to class. I will do my part.
My spawn used some of her birthday money at the Assembly of Text on Sunday. She bought a journal, 642 Things to Write About by Raincoast. My spawn was smitten with it and was quite happy to make this purchase. I leafed through the journal and found some hilarious prompts. The journal is clearly for an adult given that there are a few prompts that speak to alcohol or more life experience, but overall the journal offers some great exercises in creative writing. I’m including a screen shot from one prompt about writing a love letter to a person you don’t like. Now, this post is not a love letter to such person or persons. But, it did make me think about what causes us to like or dislike another person. I am providing a list of traits that I immediately thought of and it is not exhaustive.
Things I like in a person (first six I thought of):
Five things that turn me off (first six I thought of):
If I think of these traits and people who I have easily engaged with, I know that they had some or all of the six traits that I noted. We might have met at work, in the community, at a conference or at a kid-related event. And, as far as the turn offs–same places. I will add that I meet so many people each year given my work and family life. I know for a fact that I don’t click well with people who dislike strong women. There, I said it. And, yes, I have found this to be true from about high school onward.
And for the dear, sweet souls who feel that they have to stalk me online, this is not a love letter to any specific person. That’s right–it’s not about you. The writing prompt made me think about traits. What traits do you like/dislike? Think about it–write them down and get blogging.
Yet another great exercise at #BlogHer: Things I love to do. This was another writing prompt exercise.
1. Spend time with my family.
11. Talk with girlfriends (email/text/fb/twitter)
12. Feel the sun on me–warmth
13. Keep in touch with my mentors
I’m going to stop at lucky 13. I had 30. What are 13 things you like to do?