Real life experience with "Real Talk"

The universal goal of higher education is to successfully prepare students for careers that are fulfilling on both a personal and professional level.  As an accounting adjunct professor, my personal goal is not only to prepare my students with the necessary skills for them to be successful in their future academic endeavors and for the job market, but also to teach them transferable skills. Some of these skills are: developing professional relationships, being problem solvers, engagement and accountability.  By the time students leave the safety of the academic nest and enter the job market, they need to be able to work effectively with a diverse group of people, be an engaged team member, and place principles above personalities.  This can be a difficult task, however, there are techniques that can be used to cultivate these dual goals. In my classroom, I have implemented the concept of “Real Talk” from The Pedagogy of Real Talk: Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting with Students at Risk by Dr. Paul Hernandez and it has opened the door to “Real Teaching”.  These techniques have enabled me to make personal and meaningful connections with my students which has led to the creation of a safe environment for students to learn and become actively engaged in the course materials and with each other.  Incorporating these techniques has also transformed my teaching. I am excited about teaching again. I feel energized, strong, and happy. 

Session Speaker(s)

Session Time and Location

2:00pm to 2:55pm
Oakwood A

Session Format

50 minute presentation

Session Track

Teaching and Learning