The Getting of Wisdom: What Critically Reflective Teaching is and Why It’s Important Stephen Brookfield From Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995 the-getting-of-wisdom
Jorge Paricio’s On-Line Classroom
Thoughts to Act On:
Being an online college professor has given me the opportunity to access a great pool of students that otherwise would not have the access to learning.
I strive to create an open environment in my class where the students are encouraged to explore how they could improve their work, polish their skills and participate in class discussions. I find myself very fortunate to influence the lives of my students, how they can think as designers and how the can be responsible professionals.
I also go out of my way to give personalized attention to my students, regardless of the size of the classroom, and often I prepare tutorial videos to give them extra guidance. It is my hope to give them both the knowledge that they will need to become great at their practice and a broad scope of mind that they need to understand how their profession will affect other disciplines and the lives of the end users. I also give them timely feedback, and I often login seven days of seven, just to make sure that no questions get unanswered. That way the learning process in my classroom does not get interrupted and there is a good flow of work form assignment to assignment.
In my class I prefer to give feedback individually but in some occasions I address the same topics in groups, according to the topic being discussed. Also I often post comments labeled as Instructor Tips the top of each discussion thread, so that my students can take core of recurring problems or difficult topics, on their own .These discussions often lead my students to video critiques that I also share with them.
Finally, I encourage my students in finding appropriate and accurate vocabulary to define key terminology, key features and a good verbal summary, and I am quick in pointing that they write professionally and without flagrant misspelled word.
My primary goal in a collegiate program is to become a better teacher by serving the needs of my students and providing them with the right amount of information. I also want to be in the right mindset to decide what would be the most appropriate teaching style according to the special circumstances of the day and the topics that need to be covered and finally I also want to be able to share my experiences with other peers in the school to form a tighter community of educators.
Jorge Paricio, Critic, Industrial Design, Instructor Continuing Education, Rhode Island School of Design, and Faculty at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Emerita, Professor Robin Quigley, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Rhode Island School of Design