Monday, October 12, 2009

More on connecting with faculty

Tera, one of my former students and a reader, posted the following as a comment to my post last week about connecting with faculty. I thought her idea was a good one, and so decided to include it as a full post, for those who don't read the comments.

Pearce states "to commit to follow a leader down an uncertain path, they have to know the leader’s personal motivation."

Personal motivation is central to trustworthiness. Perhaps before meeting directly as that might be intimidating, try some in class connection. Participate more in discussions and relate your experiences to the Professor's. Create dialogue to encourage connetions with classmates and the professor. Establishing small connections helps to build trust and soon you will see that the relationship may have just been "slow to warm up".

1 comment:

  1. i would like to thank you for you're advice. it has been extremely helpful and i was able to finally met with one of my professors and it wasn't as scary as i thought it would be. i'm still working on the creating community part(work and study hours are still consuming most of my time. :( i had a final inquiry i wanted to run by you. i am having trouble speaking up in class i fear sounding unintelligent, it's something that has always bugged me and i have never been truly about to get over it. although i do participate in class every now and then when i do i feel that my comments lack depth or critical thinking. how do i participate in critical discussion and really add some depth to my participation?


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