In my experience, teaching nursing students requires a much more advanced set of information than normal teaching, and as such there is often less incentive to have the students interact, as there is not as much information they could impart among the class. However, I do wish to encourage that level of participation in my students, as it allows them to learn from each other as much as from me. What’s more, one of my primary goals, is teaching caring and compassion along with rote medical information (Walden University, 2011).
It is my desire to practice “the pleasantness of teaching,” receiving a joy of experience in instructing students (particularly nursing students) and making them know more about the world – it would allow me to maintain a positive attitude about teaching, avoiding the pitfalls of hopelessness and despair that so often come about from a school system desperately clinging to life (Dunn, 1837). I also intend to make use of the most advanced technologies available today, which students cannot live without – Web 2.0 facilities, group learning, Internet access and multimedia presentations. Allowing them to take an active role in learning would make them more invested in their education, and I seek to bring that out in my students (Davis, 1993). E-learning, in addition to lectures, would be my primary tools of education for my nursing students. This allows them to learn more in their off hours, permitting the education experience to extend beyond mere school hours (Reime, 2008).
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