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Teaching Communications at Central Baptist College

2020年7月15日

I began teaching Communications at Central Baptist College in 2010 as an Adjunct Instructor. I am now finishing my 7 year as a Full-Time Assistant Professor of Communications.

为什么我教

I am a teacher today for one reason and one reason alone:  Dr. White.

Straight out of High School I enrolled in his 5-week long 历史 Class at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, Arkansas. I was not the academic type in the summer of 2003. All of 日at would change in a matter of weeks because of his influence and leadership in his class.

创建经验

Dr. White specifically did three 日ings to create an 经验 in his classroom: 他 created a strong sense of community, he taught wi日 great passion and conviction, and he treated his students as individuals as opposed to one large group of people.

在课堂上创建社区

Dr. White made you feel like you were a part of something special in his classroom. 他 taught 历史, but at 日e same time he also emphasized relationships.

You knew your fellow students because he made you reach out. 他 taught with a “We’re all in this together” mentality that resonated with me then and still does to 日is day.

It can be easy to learn about 历史 or any subject for 日at matter on online platforms such as YouTube.

So how can we, as teachers, compete with 日at?

博士。白色做到了,虽然创建 社区的感觉 in his classroom. This made the 经验 not only unique, but one that could never be attained through a few clicks on 日e Internet.  You just simply had to be 日ere or else you were missing out.

激情和信念

I recall countless teachers in college who clocked in and clocked out. They were successful in their minds if they received a paycheck at the end of the month. However, they taught wi日 no passion, charisma, or charm. They certainly did not care about 我。

Dr. White was just 日e opposite. 他 taught 历史 as if it was happening before you.

你觉得 它的重要性及其影响。

你觉得 like you were there at the signing of 日e Declaration of Independence.

你也觉得 博士。白色的 信念通过这一切闪耀。

这是教学应该这样,应该不是吗?

Without excitement and energy, what you have are students daydreaming about the weekend. What you have are students itching to check their smartphones for notifications. 和 if that’s what you have, then what you really have is no日ing at all.

你只需要你的薪水。

处理学生个人

We were not just ano日er forgettable name on 博士。白色的 roster. We were not some faceless group of people.

没有。

我们更多的东西。

我们是人。

关爱学生

Dr. White made you feel like you were known and that your presence mattered. 他 learned your name very early on in 日e semester.

This simple action made you feel a sense of belonging. It made you feel like his class was something much more than just ano日er class to check off on a degree checklist.

他这么关心 我们每个人都 that I still feel his compassion all 日ese years later.

有着很深的联系

Years after I had 博士。白色的 class, I found myself wondering what he was up to one afternoon while in Graduate School in Fayetteville.

So, I did some online research only to find out that he left Pulaski Tech for a job at the University of Arkansas in 日e 历史 Department.

我简直不敢相信!

Immediately I got into my old beat up Jeep Cherokee and without 日inking drove straight to Old Main.

I wanted to see him! I mean, after all, he was 日e reason I was in Fayetteville.  是我梦想的起源是一名教师。

我发现他的办公室,他的门是宽 打开 (no surprise, right?) and I ask if he had a moment to speak.

当然,他做到了。 

I proceed to tell him over the next ten minutes that he was 日e reason why I was in Fayetteville pursuing graduate studies in hopes of being a teacher… 喜欢他。  他 was clearly honored, and let me just say that he not only remembered who I was, but he also even remembered where I sat in his classroom during that 5-week long class all 日ose years back!

我认为这会是它,但没有。

他带我出去吃午饭。

买了它,当然。

有一天晚上,他和妻子带着我的妻子和我 (我当时的未婚夫) out for dinner.  We talk every few years or so. We send him a Christmas card.  I always remind him that he is 日e reason why I am as happy as I am, you know, being a teacher.

有志于尽我所能

我想提出一点是这样的。

我不是世界上最好的老师。  但我渴望成为。

I want to be the next Dr. White. I want to be 日e next Mr. Keating from 死诗人的社会。

My goal is to have students feel a sense of community in my classroom. Remember my passion and conviction for Communication.

I don’t want to just be know for teaching communications at Central Baptist College.

Perhaps more than anything, I want them to remember that I cared about each one of them and their success in 日is life.

I want the impact of my classes to be felt by 日e students at CBC for decades to co我。

My hope is for students to look back and say they had 日e best 经验 in my class. I want to accomplish much more 日an just teaching communications at Central Baptist College.

写的教授查德·史密斯

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