My main teaching method is to use what students already know, if possible, and build on that knowledge. I NEVER ask the question, "Does anyone have questions?" (I find that people either do not have questions or, more often, fear asking a question that might expose the student who is usually thinking EVERYONE knows or that the student may well have questions but have no idea what the question/s might be. I always prepare a quiz for end of each class--never a 'pop' quiz so the students kow this is for support not for testing and allows us to review what we've done that day, and then go over the quiz together. Each student recognizes any problem area/s. The students always take the quiz along home to study for the next week where we will review before starting new material. Adult learners rarely are comfortable in a class that demands memorization. By the time we get to an actual "exam", the students feel very strong in what we have done. In following classes, as we add more words/concepts, we insert previous work so that none "grow cold."
I have been teaching for more than 20 years. During that time, I have taught online and in-person. My teaching philosophy is this: Students do NOT successfully learn or retain information using "memorization". I have taught many students from 1997 to the present time. Here's what my teaching "mantra" is: We use what you already know to build on new concepts. An example from when I teach English or Medical Terminology: Have you ever seen a sign above a door that says "EXIT"? So, when we consider that the beginning of a word (in the case, "EX") what does that word mean? What do you think the prefix (the beginning of a word) 'Ex-" means? Of course, it means "out". We have all seen that sign many times. So, let's consider: what does that word "EXhale" probably mean?
Jan Wright, RN, A.D.N., BS, M. Ed
With significant team facilitation and participation, as well as solid teaching and advising experience in the college environment, I offer:
• Strong computer software experience including all Microsoft Office software teaching and use.
• Quietly Advising students who require additional support
• Working with students new to the college environment to support and guide toward a successful graduation
• Formal education in distance learning and recent certification in distance learning techniques
• Long-term experience in effective assistance for student problems that may interfere with student success
• Knowledge of culture and policies of Florida State Education Guidelines
• M.Ed, Adult Education and Leadership, University of North Florida, May 2008
• Focus on Adult Learning Theory, Andragogy, Effective Leadership strategies
• BS, Health and Human Services, Roger Williams University, May 1989
• ADN/RN, Professional Nursing, Community College of Rhode Island, May 1979
Professional Experience (Recent; 2011 to 2020)
Community College of Rhode Island:
• Professor in multiple courses for the Administrative and Business Departments from 9-12 to 1-20
• Courses taught
o Medical Transcription I and II
o Career Development (Pre-graduation support and advice course)
o Editing I and II (Advanced English Skills)
o Medical Terminology (Course designed to avoid “memorization”)
o Computer Software including Voice Recognition Software
o Distance Learning Courses (Certified)
o Microsoft Office 2016—Beginner to Advanced
o Medical Transcription and Office Procedures Beginner to Advanced
• Student Interaction and Support
o Teaching classes with newly-admitted students to support retention
o Working with students who need additional support to succeed
Setting up classroom for physically challenged students
Meeting one-to-one with students who need additional support for a given course or, especially, for the culture-of-college
o Online student surveys of professor empathy, efficacy and effectiveness available.
Professional Certification, Memberships, Awards
• Member: American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
• Dean’s List High Honors University of North Florida
• Dean’s List all Semesters Roger Williams University
• Member, Phi Theta Kappa, Community College of Rhode Island
• Registered Nursing License #RN21733
• Registered Nursing License RN9245764
Additional Professional Experiences Prior to 2011
Johnson and Wales University, Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 1997 – 2000
• Instructor for Faculty Technical Education
o Lotus Products to Advanced
o Developing and Marketing software programs appropriate to faculty computer-software use.
Owner, The Cat Clinic---Hospital Limited to Feline Care 1989 - 1997
• Education Staff and Clients in veterinary care
• Education community in safety issues in feline ownership and social issues
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