Outcome #5 Collaborative & interpersonal Skills

Learning Outcome #5

• What do you do in addition to teaching?

• Why did you decide this career/position?

• What was your major in college?

• What do you like best about your job?

• Did you always want to be in this career/position?

• What do you do for fun? Hobbies?

• Are you where you thought you would be when you were in college?

• How do you balance home and work, and teaching vs. researching?

• What general advice would you give college students?

• What are your expectations for students in your classroom?

• What are the most common mistakes that students make?

• What should I be studying to be successful on assignments in this class?

• How do you define learning?

• How do you define teaching?

• What subject was most difficult for you as a college student and why?

• What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students?

• What is the greatest non-academic skill that college students today lack?

• How can college students develop this skill at Clemson University?

  • As a college student, what element of professionalism did you struggle with the most?

Notes from Meeting

While talking with my professor we talked about what hobbies he likes and I learned that he likes to play video games and we talked about what kind of games he like to play and what console he prefers. I learned that my professor is a graduate student from another university doing research here. He is doing algebra research here at Clemson. He got a position as a professor since he was here doing research. He gave me some advice on how to be successful in college. I was only able to ask some of my questions in person and i asked my professor if he could answer the rest over email and he said that was fine. Over email we got into more serious questions in my opinion. He gave me a good tip about continuing my education with math that its all builds and builds from the beginning. I asked about what types of classes gave him the most trouble and he explained that classes that did not involve science gave him trouble and I had a class like that last semester and it was tough to go because i didn't always understand everything at first. i asked what non-academic skill he thinks students lack and he told me independence because of all the technology we have access too these days. i agreed with his point because its so easy for us to be asked a question and to pull out our phones and google it for the answer without thinking it out ourselves first. The last questions i asked was what part of professionalism did he struggle with most and he told me that he had a poor work ethic or that he was easily distracted. I feel the same way i can be easily distracted by random things in class or even in my room and I think i just procrastinate more than i should to be completely honest about my work ethic.

Notes from my meeting with my professor

Reflection

I chose to interview Professor Stefan Bock because in class he is an interesting person, he isn’t a typical professor he acts like a student and the way he acts makes me feel a little more comfortable in class. I was caught off guard by a few of his answers but for the most part I expected answers that were not normal. I learned that it may be more common to come to college and not have a plan than to have everything figured out as soon as you arrive. I learned that sometimes you just need to go with the flow and things will work out. The meeting actually made me see my professor in a new light I see that I have a few things in common with him. I learned that faculty can be a lot like students in how they act and what they do in their free time. I learned that Professor Bock is a grad student from another university doing research at Clemson.

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