Robert M. Sherfield
 The Educator’s Motto
Each and every day, with each and every student, with every breath, with every word, I have the power, the passion, and the knowledge to make a difference.

On Higher Education
“I used to think that the medical profession was the most arrogant of professions. Now I think it is us. Can you imagine a doctor bragging that he only treats well patients?” Joseph C. Blake, Provost

Student Success
“It has been our experience that fostering student success in the first term of college is the most significant innovation an institution can make in the name of student success.” Noel Levitz

The Serenity Wish
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I cannot accept, And the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I had to kill because the pissed me off. And also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today, because they may be attached to the butts I have to kiss tomorrow.

Traveling the Divide
Students who leave college, especially during the first quarter, semester, or year, never really “arrived” in the first place. They did not complete the journey from culture of origin to culture of the institution. J. M. Braxton

Just a Thought
People will forget what you say. People may forget what you do. But people NEVER forget how you make them feel. Unknown

The Future
What the present generation does not remember, will not be remembered. What they do not value, will not be valued. What they do not change, will not be changed. And what they do not will, will not be done.

On Giving
“The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water. It flows down, clear and cool from the heights of Hermon and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. The Sea of Galilee makes beauty of it, for the Sea of Galilee has an outlet. It gets to give. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. But the Dead Sea, with the same water, makes horror. For the Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep.” Unknown

Engaging Students
Act Like College / Degree is Important
Relate the Degree to Life and Work
Humanize the Subject / Material / Degrees
Discuss Your Challenges, and Triumphs
Provide Realistic Support
Provide Information for Success Provide Constructive Criticism Exhibit Confidence and Trust
Listen for What They Want

Motivating Students
According to several theories of motivation, students with high motivation continue to be motivated if they feel their probability of success is 50/50. Students with low or basic motivation increase their motivation level if they feel their chances of success are moderate to high. McKechie, Teaching Tips

“You MUST be what you CAN be.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

Our Deepest Fear
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? … As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” M. Williamson, Return to Love

The Edge
“Come to the edge,” he said. “We are afraid,” they answered. “Come to the edge,” he said again. They came. He pushed them. …..and they flew. Unknown

Success Programs Involve
Comprehensive Orientation / Advisement
Continuous Advising and Counseling
“Easy-To-Use” Student Services
Engaging and Dynamic Instructors / Advisors
Early Alert Programs
Respectful Campus Climate (Belongingness)
COMPREHENSIVE First Term Success Program Including
Self-Esteem, Motivation,Goal Setting
Time Management Practices
Personal Responsibility
Reading Comprehension and Speed
Note Taking and Study Strategies
Memory Development
Test Taking Skills
Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
Oral Communication Skills

“Character is who your are when no one else is looking.” Patricia G. Moody, Ph.D.

“Your character is determined by how you treat people who can do you no good and how you treat people who can’t fight back.” Abigail Van Buren

Real World Ethics
90% of us lie regularly
Only 30% believe that “honesty is the best policy”
76% of entering first-year students admit cheating in high school
25% of adults admit knowing someone who cheats on his/her taxes
60% of adults admit knowing someone who cheats on his/her spouse
25% admit to doing something in the past year of which they were “personally ashamed.”
Patterson and Kim

“The tide may erase our footprints, but only for a moment. For having walked here once, we remain always.”

“A possibility was born the day you were born, and it will live as long as you live.”

On Student Success
“The victory of every student matters – not only in terms of dollars to our institution, but in terms of human potential, contributions to society,and stewards of the future.”
Robert M. Sherfield, Ph.D.

Do The Right Thing
“Change occurs, progress is made, and difficulties resolved if people merely do ‘the right thing.’ And rarely do people NOT know what is the ‘right thing’ to do.” Father Hessburg

Resolving Ethical Problems
Will this decision preserve, protect or enhance my reputation
Does my conscious approve of this action?
Is this action in my long-term best interest?
Could I proudly tell others about this decision?
Is it legal?
Is it balanced and fair?
Will the decision make me feel good about myself?

Get on your deathbed
Welcome the unexpected
Choose the “happy few”
Leave high school FOREVER
Kill the television
Move beyond comfort
Look backward
Come to your own rescue
Find your soul’s purpose
Change yourself
Chandler, 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself

Classic De-motivators
I just don’t feel like it
I would if I could BIt’s no use
It’s too difficult / unpleasant
I’m too busy
I’ve done it before
It’s someone else’s turn
I’ll do it later
It’s not worth it
It’s not fair
It’s not my job
If I do it this time, they’ll expect more next time
I just don’t like doing it

Why Students are Un-Motivated
They Feel No One Really Cares
Low Self-Image / Extreme Shyness / Apathy
They Don’t Feel Like They Belong
Never Been Asked To Be Involved
They Don’t Feel Competent with the Activity
They Don’t Understand the Pay-Offs of Involvement
The Classroom Climate is Not Conducive to Involvement
Survey conducted by Robert M. Sherfield, Ph.D.

Meaning in Life
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. These rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out a way to live so that our lives matter.
Harold Kushner

Successful Students
Adapted from Jack Canfield

Catch 22?
“It is virtually impossible to maintain an orderly classroom in the absence of good teaching and it is virtually impossible to have good teaching in the absence of an orderly classroom.” Doyle

Sources of Conflict
Ignoring Interpersonal Incompatibility
Poor Communication
Unclear Jurisdiction / Functions
Not Considering the Individual
Idea Killing
Constant Change
Making Assumptions
Harsh Criticism / Lack of Feedback

Barriers to Effective Discussions
Student’s perception of “not learning”
An improper environment
Not relating the discussion to “real life” issues
“Let me tell you a question”
Asking the “wrong” questions
Classroom agreement
Classroom disagreement / arguments
Opposition and criticism of student’s opinions and values
McKechie, Teaching Tips

Handling Discussions
Personalize the questions
Refrain from personal reactions
Avoid semantics
Deal with discussion blockers
Use reference materials
Break the subject into parts
Clarify the discussion's objective
Hold back and observe
Try to shape the discussion
Leave the room
Eble, The Craft of Teaching

The Power of Speaking
If all of my powers and talents were to be taken from my by some providence, and I had my choice of keeping but one, I would unhesitatingly ask to be allowed to keep the Power of Speaking, for through it, I would quickly regain all that was lost. D. Webster