You have reports to draft, meetings to attend, and many other demands a full-time career brings. You also have a stack of papers to grade, quiz questions to craft, and resources to locate for your next lecture. Being both a working professional and a college instructor can be challenging. Here’s how MindTap helped me make the impossible workload, possible.
One of the most important things MindTap does for me: saves me time. This digital tool helps me cover all the core content in my course without sacrificing the enriching classroom experiences that keep my students motivated and engaged.
Essentially, MindTap provides up-to-date, real-world, quality resources and assignments for my students so I can spend less time searching for content and more time:
MindTap Criminal Justice has changed my teaching for the better. Using it in my courses throughout the years has really allowed me to teach the way I wish I had been taught. No longer do I spend large chunks of time just developing or finding content. Now, I’m able to spend my time in a more valuable way—developing my students!
The change I see in myself from using MindTap Criminal Justice is amazing. But, the transformation I see in my students is even more incredible. They are engaging with the material in a different way. They are talking about the content before class and sharing ideas and opinions in meaningful discussions.
When you talk with your students, what do they say they want from their college experience? From your Criminal Justice course? Ask them! Not only will you learn a lot, but I bet you’ll hear answers a lot like this one from Myca Poynter, one of my Criminal Justice students featured in this blog’s corresponding video.
"When I see these videos [in MindTap Criminal Justice], and then they're talking about drug overdoses or police brutality…, it’s like, wow, these things are really happening in the world. It puts everything into real life terms".
My conversation with Myca was very enlightening. Just by having a casual chat with her, I was able to pinpoint what was most important to her and how she perceived my course.
I encourage you to have similar conversations with your CJ students. You’ll discover quickly how they can help you transform your teaching to better meet their needs and career goals.
Isn’t that what it’s all about?
How has MindTap helped you enhance your own teaching? What other strategies do you use to impact the learning experience of your CJ students in your course? Share your teaching suggestions in the comments.
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