Back when I started clinical teaching for St. Kate’s, I took the APTA’s Clinical Instructor credentialing course, which I would highly recommend if you are clinical faculty or a clinical instructor. I’m glad I kept the course book, as I found it a helpful refresher for me about learning in the psychomotor domain.
UOP has a great resource for faculty – the Teaching and Learning Center. Besides presentations on topics related to teaching and learning, feedback on teaching observations, and assisting with problems encountered in the classroom, they also have a Teaching and Learning book club. The one for October caught my eye so I signed up – Teach Students How to Learn – Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, by Saundra Yancy McGuire with Stephanie McGuire (note: I do not get anything if you click and buy – just putting the hyperlink there if you are interested). PT students are motivated, so why take the course? Well, the part about presenting “evidence-based strategies to boost student success in your courses and beyond” caught my eye. I’m a good clinical educator, and I’ve given inservices and CEU presentations, but I can always improve. It has given me good food for thought during my my first semester here. I’ve found it helpful to review how we learn and apply facts, and learn and apply movements, and I’ve tried to adjust my teaching style and the class accordingly.
I also did a midterm feedback form for Patient Care Skills, and gleaned information from it and from the official end-of-semester feedback. As I’ve written before in the blog, students can be great teachers. There are some things that are not negotiable in teaching, either because it is required by the course or it is included for a purpose (pedagogy or teaching philosophy), but there are other things students observe that are helpful. I’ll be honest, I was hesitant in reading them – I’ve read that reviews can be brutal as it is anonymous and some students unload, but these two cohorts are professional and overall it was helpful for next semester and the next time I teach PCS and help with ACP.
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