Friday, August 29, 2014

"Coaching" my Class

I have the privilege of not only running a first year student transition to college course, but I also teach a section teaching a section as well each fall. This year I am teaching a student athlete class. I was nervous because athletics requires these D1 athletes to take the course and I was unsure of what their attitudes would be.

THANKFULLY all 22 of them are awesome. I have students from: M&W volleyball, M basketball, W Lacrosse, M Golf, M&W soccer, W rowing. Some of my students are from other countries like like Gabon in Africa, Spain, and Germany. While others are from all over the US like NC, GA, NY, PA, FL. 

I was never a HS or college athlete although I always played sports in some capacity since I’m a competitive person by name. I was excited to bring my adult athletic triumphs to the table. 

I’ve taught this course the past 3 years and you always adapt it to your students, but I found myself subconsciously really feeling like a coach as I talked to them about academic and student success. I think this will be a good approach for them and one they will respond to. These students know all about hard work and goal setting. I’m excited to help them transfer those parts of themselves to school and on the flip side I’m excited to learn from them as well. 

I also told them I plan on coming to one of each of their games/meets this year. I haven’t been to a sporting event at this university in my almost 2.5 years here (shame on me), but I’m excited to cheer for someone I know, that’s another reason I wanted to teach these students. 

Looking forward to a great semester with them and I expect that I will be writing about them on here regularly. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014
On the “get to know me sheets” I have my class do on the first day I ask them to draw me a random picture on the back. Here’s this year’s winner - me and my Peer Advisor leading class!

On the “get to know me sheets” I have my class do on the first day I ask them to draw me a random picture on the back. Here’s this year’s winner - me and my Peer Advisor leading class!

Professor J checking in for duty #firstdayofclass #hot4teacher

Professor J checking in for duty #firstdayofclass #hot4teacher

My DC Ragnar legs. 

Need to bump up my training milage over the next 2 weeks to feel completely ready. 

I’m pretty sure my dream broadway role would be Hedwig, the rousing performance of Origin of Love I did repeatedly on my drive to work this morning supports this theory! 


Also I mean I AM obsessed with Drag Queen make-up and glitter!

I’m pretty sure my dream broadway role would be Hedwig, the rousing performance of Origin of Love I did repeatedly on my drive to work this morning supports this theory!

Also I mean I AM obsessed with Drag Queen make-up and glitter!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is it too early on a Wednesday to be exchanging frisky text messages with your boo?

#HUMPday

Monday, August 25, 2014
Why are there so many tattoos now? Some of it is clearly a statement of individuality, or a love of art, symbol and story. But those of us who wonder should remember that while a few are tattooed for shock value, many are just using their bodies to tell us stories, to share emotions. They’re wearing their pain, their loss, their hopes, their values, their dreams and fantasies Great post from a Doctor about the popularity of tattoos http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/08/consider-messages-tattoos-sending.html
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Boom - I’m now a 2x Triathlete! Great race today! (at Marine Corps Base Quantico)

Boom - I’m now a 2x Triathlete! Great race today! (at Marine Corps Base Quantico)

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Excited for my second sprint Triathlon tomorrow! (at Marine Corps Base Quantico)

Excited for my second sprint Triathlon tomorrow! (at Marine Corps Base Quantico)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Great reminder by Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott at today’s new student convocation

Great reminder by Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott at today’s new student convocation