What I Will Do Differently

Immersion is over. The librarians have departed for their home institutions and the library is back to normal. I posted a few reflective pieces last week, so I decided something more concrete was in order.

To say that I learned a lot during Immersion would be the grossest of understatements, but it is the experience that makes the impression, not the content alone. After some digestion of said content, I have made this list. A list of things I will change because of my experience at Immersion.

  • I will write better outcomes. I am already in the habit of writing outcomes for each of my classes, but now they will be more exact, with an action verb and a reason for the doing. This will force me to justify each thing I teach. Why do they need to learn X? So they can do Y!
  • I will consistently use various methods of assessment to place value on my outcomes. My assessment techniques will start out being simple. Note cards for the students to write down what they learned and what was left unlearned. I plan on giving my outline and outcomes to my faculty before the instruction session. After the session takes place, I will email them and ask them if they felt I addressed each outcome adequately.
  • I will address multiple learning styles in my classes. Though reflection is harder to work into a lesson than group exploration, I will try to find new ways to allow people who learn by reflection areas of respite from the group work.
  • I will strive to be more deliberate in my dealings with the politics of my organization. I think I already play this game well, but I should have a goal in mind, something I want to achieve. What am I about, anyway?
  • I will try to daily remember the reasons why I love my job and love teaching. This exercise should keep the cynical, angry reavers at bay.

I know Immersion is expensive, but if you can get institutional support and the time to go, I recommend it in the highest fashion.

–Jane, still dripping from the immersion

3 thoughts on “What I Will Do Differently

  • July 25, 2006 at 4:57 pm
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    Great little list. Make sure you keep it handy, which you did by blogging it, then revisit it, in say a year? That last one is hard for me. I love my job, and I believe teaching is my best destiny, but there are days. . .you get the idea, so I will work on that. Thanks for the reminder.

  • July 26, 2006 at 8:13 am
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    Jane,
    Congrats on being a part of the Immersion experience. I was also very fortunate to take part in 2004. It truly is an eye-opening experience.

    This is a very good list for librarian educators to keep in mind. One thing that I also try to remember, in addition to your list, is to take risks in the classroom. I find that I learn more about my teaching technique through creative experimentation. In other words, I try to do at least one thing differently and step out of my comfort zone. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. But in the end, I always learn something new.

  • July 26, 2006 at 8:34 am
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    Chad, A great addition. Taking risks means that we have to accept failure when it comes with grace and success with an eye for repeating the process.

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