Yes, Blue Hens, Your Reeducation Is Mandatory
October 30, 2007
by Adam Kissel
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will participate in monthly community meetings that are designed to provide knowledge about contemporary global issues and prompt action. For example, students will evaluate their consumption patterns in an attempt to reduce it apartment by apartment. Furthermore, students will be asked in the floor meeting setting to choose a project for change.
A researcher must document that the treatment/intervention was faithfully applied (ex: specific lesson plans were delivered to every student, etc.) (Italics in original.)
What Makes this a Distinctive Approach?• Truly based on a learning paradigm• Places educational responsibility in the hands of our experts• Requires a systemic change—selection, training, symbolic messages…• “Each Student…”• Assessment• Opportunities (Emphases added.) (Source: “UD: One Example,” 2007 Residential Curriculum Institute)
All students are expected to be at community meetings. This ensures that lesson plans are delivered to each and every student. (Source: “Dickinson Complex Curriculum.”)
Every semester we are required to hold a 1-on-1 session. This gives us, the RA’s, a chance to know how everyone’s doing and where everyone stands on certain issues or topics. Not to scare anyone or anything, but these are MANDATORY!!
I just wanted to remind you all that floor meetings ARE mandatory. While I am a very understanding person, there is NO WAY that HALF of you weren’t able to make it last night. Also, NONE of you e-mailed me about prior commitments. While I hate to do this, I’m going to have to set some ground rules:—COME to the floor meetings and PARTICIPATE! There is ALWAYS something new to learn, and the more everyone shares their own experiences, the more opportunities there are for everyone else to learn.—If you can’t come, E-MAIL me. I will let you know when the other RA’s are holding their floor meetings so that you can catch up then. If none of those options works, then we’ll set up a time during office hours to go over the material.—The content is IMPORTANT! Here at the University of Delaware, living in the residence halls is a Living-Learning Experience, meaning that you’ll learn just as much, if not MORE, in the residence halls. Like it or not, you all are the future Leaders, and the world is Diverse, so learning to Embrace and Appreciate that diversity is ESSENTIAL.SO, the make-up times for this past meeting are tonight at 8:00 and Wednesday at 9:00 (1st and 4th floors). If you can’t make either, I’m on duty Friday night so I can facilitate it at 7:30 on Friday if necessary.Hopefully all of you can recognize that the one hour commitment once every couple of weeks is not a lot to ask, so please be respectful to myself, yourself, and the floor by making the effort in regards to floor meetings. Thank you!~Lindsay~
PS. Sorry for the serious e-mail here, but it was totally necessary. Have a GREAT week and good-luck on finals!
If for any reason you feel that you can’t come to your next floor meeting, don’t worry and, please, notify your RA in advance.1) You can attend floor meeting with another floor—which can be earlier or later than your own floor’s meeting (ask your RA or HD when they take place).2) If you can’t make it for any of the meetings, please, contact your RA to schedule a time and cover with her topics mentioned during the meeting (probably, during her office hours or any other time convenient for you).3) If your RA don’t have time at the moment, feel free to email me, and we’ll discuss your concerns!Thanks, and have a good time on your floor!
It is vitally important that the environment is one which does not allow students to passively miss what is occurring. Students should be confronted with this information at every turn and understand the interconnectedness of everything that is presented to them. This is one of the benefits inherent in working in the residence hall environment, the numerous points of contact. The environment is rich with opportunities to let students know what we consider important and leave a mental footprint on their consciousness. (Emphasis added.) (Source: Sendy E. Guerrier and Licinia B. Kaliher, “Rodney Complex Curriculum.”)