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Session C6

8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

The Serenity Prayer of Teaching  

Jane Bardal (CNM/CHSS) 

Salon B, 2:50-4:00

God grant me the serenity to accept the student outcomes I cannot change, the courage to change the ones I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. 

This session will be a broad discussion of these issues. I will present some student outcomes I have been able to change and some outcomes I have not been able to change, using outcomes research to draw these conclusions. I will also discuss the concepts of serenity, courage, and wisdom in managing the stress of teaching, although I do not claim to have achieved any of these outcomes myself. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and share their own examples. 

Intended audience: all teachers who are trying to change student outcomes. 

Intended outcomes: participants will learn about how to do outcomes research. Participants may possibly achieve serenity, courage, and wisdom, but it is not guaranteed. 

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