Bonus Question: How do you engage?

It’s almost the end of term and time for me to reflect back on my teaching practices. One of the things I’ve been focusing on this year is engagement: connecting with my students as people, and encouraging them to connect with me as well.

A practice I’ve implemented in all of my sales courses is to ask a bonus question that awards one mark for demonstrating that the students have gotten to know something about me:

“Share one thing you’ve learned about your instructor (her background, likes, dislikes, family or other fact) while taking this class.”

This year, I decided to compile some of these. I hope you find them as funny as I do. And please share your ‘engagement’ practices with me!

From my introductory sales class:

A passion for marketing and utilizing blogs and social media accounts (i.e. Instagram) to share professional knowledge and personal experiences respectively. Also dislikes getting stuck on a snowy mountain and missing class.

She’s into Star Trek and possible TOTR (editors note: had to Google this … I think they mean LOTR?). She likes poutine.

She likes visual aids, dislikes pushy salespeople, enjoys traveling and has at least one child … is that everything, gel?

Amiables (smile emoji) explains things clearly.

Does not like telemarketing. In the tourism industry.

BCIT grad. She recently went to Vietnam with her adorable daughter named Fraser. We can find her Instagram account @tourismnerd. She likes lemons?

You like pets! You have kids?

She likes travelling.

You have a very cute daughter. You are confident, and have beautiful voice.

You went to BCIT!

She likes getting up mountainsides, but no so much down!

She likes to climb mountains/hike instead of teaching her students. JOKES (smile emoji) . Morgan graduated from BCIT as well.

You were a sales manager before. You are teaching sales class at night as well.

Funny, enthusiastic, active and responsible.

Has a daughter.

I learned that Morgan has a 7-year-old daughter.

The love for Star Trek and dressing up as those characters for Halloween.

She has a daughter.

Morgan is hungry all the time. Thank you for teaching this class! I had a great time learning and you’re a great teacher! Good luck with everything.

Her daughter is really cute. Morgan has amazing traveling experience, I am so jealous!

You throw student evaluations in the garbage, LOL. (smile emoji) I knew it was true! I’m sure most teachers do.

How do you engage with your learners or peers? Post your ideas in the comments!

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