Educating the Whole Person
Depending on what brings you to work every day, this may mean something different to each of us. Counseling, Advising, Teaching, Coaching….. What does this mean to you, and how do you help to make this happen? This post is less of a one-sided submittal, and intended to be more of a two-way exchange (or larger conversation).
Do you feel our job as community college educators, coaches, and leaders is to ‘educate the whole person’? Or, should we stick to the traditional ‘Three R’s’ mindset? And, why do you feel the way you do?
According to our last CCSSE & SENSE surveys (2011), over 76% of our students report never working with instructors or faculty outside of class assignments, 33% report never discussing career plans with their advisor or instructors, and only 50% of students reported discussing ideas from readings or class with others outside of class often.
Faculty & staff interactions provide an opportunity to educate the whole person, but my question is: if we buy-in to that premise, what can each of us do better every day to make that be a true statement?
I’m hoping we hold this discussion as a daily reminder of the importance of EVERY.SINGLE.INTERACTION. with our students and the impact we can make in educating the whole person.