Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The conversation that resulted:

This was sent to me this afternoon. Dr. Vietti is the college president, Jim Pond is chair of our faculty union:

Dr. Vietti,

Thank you so much for sharing that video as it supports the issues we as educators face today. I didn't mention this specifically last evening but I have heard several people say this semester that the students are more challenging to teach and way less motivated than what we have seen in the past.

The real point that I was hoping to make with the board is that we are facing very different challenges with the students we are working with today. We all need to feel like our efforts are worth while and that we are contributing to the good of the whole. People who are not in the "mix" sometimes see teachers as having it pretty easy and being over paid. My comments were to express a concern and to let them know we are working to make adjustments for successful outcomes and not ignoring the cultural shift. I tried to try to end on a positive note in that we still serve numerous ambitious and capable young people here at Butler, but some things are recognizably different.

Thanks again,

J. Pond


Jacqueline A Vietti wrote:


>Thanks, Micaela, for sharing this excellent resource, so we can develop a better understanding the traditional age students who are coming to us today. I worry about what I perceive to be a dichotomy between our younger students and our older ones, particularly since we serve critical masses of both.
>
>Jim, given your report during last evening's board meeting, I thought you might appreciate this information. You, too, Jon.
>
>Thanks. -- Jackie Vietti
>
>
>Micaela C Ayers wrote:
>
>
>>Dr. Vietti, Dr. Ellis,
>>
>>Prof. Wesch is doing some innovative things in student and information
>>ethnography. I thought you might want to be aware of this!
>>
>>Your librarian,
>>
>>Micaela
>>
>>
>>Arla Jones wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Here's a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime.
>>>
>>>Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas
>>>State University.
>>>
>>>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>Arla Jones
>>>Librarian & Proud Member of the American Library Association!
>>>Lawrence High School
>>>1901 Louisiana Street
>>>785-330-2391
>>>fax 785-832-5054
>>>Lawrence, KS 66046-2999
>>>
>>>
>>>Take a look at our cool web page!
>>>http://library.lhs.usd497.org
>>>
>>>" It is as sad to have a library without books as it is to have a
>>library
>>>full of books that nobody reads."
>>>Jesus Ruiz Nestosa


Thanks, Arla, for sharing the video! I am happy to see this conversation going on at the highest levels of administration at the college. We try to supply what the students need here in the library, and are always sending out feelers so we stay ahead of big developments, as we can... thus we were first with wireless on campus.

Micaela

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