An Instructor’s Perspective

As you are probably already aware, I am a college-level instructor. I have been for four years, and, for the most part, it is the most rewarding job–aside from writing, of course–that I have had. I love seeing my students suddenly “get it” or come to me and tell me the concepts they learned in class paid off in the “real world.”

I teach both in person an online courses, and, while they both have their learning curves, I have noticed I struggle the most with the online ones. Maybe it’s because you just don’t get the same level of interaction you would from an in person class, no matter how hard you may try. And maybe it’s because the internet is treated as if we are all anonymous. (I assure you, that is not true at all, and it’s something I am extremely aware of.)

So, after a year of teaching online courses, I began compiling a list of some of the common things I noticed and things I wish I could tell students. Being an online student isn’t easy, but there are always steps we can take to make ourselves good stewards of that learning environment.

Have you been, or are you currently, been an online student? What did you think? What would you add to the list?

Being an Only Child

Only children get a bad rap. I should know; I am one. And I’ve heard it all–naive, selfish, too protected, spoiled, and then some. I get it. Really, I do. But then we get into the argument of nature versus nurture, and, really, it’s not my place to “blame” my parents for choosing to only have one child.

I am different than most only children, though. When I was young, my Nana moved across country to, in essence, be my caretaker. Instead of a babysitter or after school daycare, while both my parents worked full time careers, my Nana picked me up from school and took care of me.

As I’ve grown up, and as I have been going through the battle I am currently facing, I have had an opportunity to reflect on my status as an only child and the impact it has had on me. Just like anything, there are positives and negatives, but those experiences have helped shape me.

For an in-depth look, take a look at my latest article, On Being An Only Child, with Coffee House Writers.