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MECH 1  STUDENT TIME INFORMATION

As a part-time instructor, I have no office for student time,* so, if pay is approved: 

Students get one hour per week (total) in the scheduled classroom.

For fall, 2019, the student time will be Mondays in V-108:
From 1:30pm to 2:00pm (½ hour before the 2pm class)
  From 6:00pm to 6:30pm (½ hour before the 6:30pm class) 

  • Usually, this is the only non-class time available to meet.  That's because the school grants eligible part-timers** only one paid hour for student time per week regardless of the number of students enrolled.

  • The instructor usually is not on campus at other times, so please don't arrive without an appointment.

  • If the room is occupied regularly during the scheduled student time, the nearest available space will be chosen and announced.  The student time is usually informal (unless a student requests a formal appointment).

  • If there is ever a question such as "See me for help?" on an assignment, the student time is where and when to go for assistance.

Before Student Time:

Be prepared

  • Introduce yourself
    • The instructor may have many students in more than one school
  • Have your questions ready
    • Explain why you came to the student time
    • Write your questions down beforehand, if you are nervous
  • Bring paper and pen to take notes about the "answers"
    • Take notes, even if there seems to be an awkward silence

Don't go at the last minute

  • Anticipate problems by looking ahead at the class schedule
    • There may be no time for a solution if the due date is soon
  • Bring the work done so far
    • Give the instructor something with which to work
      • A draft of the term paper
      • An attempted math problem

Don't arrive sick

  • The teacher doesn't want to become ill, either
    • Contact the instructor via e-mail
  • This courtesy will be appreciated

Go yourself

Prepare to speak up in a polite conversation

  • Don't be shy
    • Taxpayers, like you, paid for the student time
  • State your problem or question clearly without attacking
  • Don't make excuses; seek solutions
  • Be honest


During Student Time
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If there are no questions, I:

  • Try to do productive work (arrange materials, etc.) until a student asks a question.
  • May engage the students present in polite conversation and encourage them to work in small study groups.  
  • Attempt to discover why my students are enrolled and what they want from the program.  

When someone asks a question:

  • Everyone in the room has the opportunity to participate in the answer.
  • A student may choose to go to the board either to illustrate the question or to answer it.  
  • With a little encouragement, a student will both ask and answer her own question.  
  • We may sit around a table with a sheet of "talking paper" to take on our new challenge.
  • Only I will respond when the question concerns classroom and school requirements (such as academic honesty, attendance, term paper options, etc.).  


If the conversation is not answering your question:

  • You need to interrupt politely and ask that question.  
    • It's important everyone understand that answering questions and solving class-related problems are the primary reasons for the student time.  
  • Please don't be afraid or be too shy to ask.  
    • I like questions as long as they are subject related.  
    • You'll soon discover that I like them so much, I tend to give a lengthy response (in hopes of approaching the question from alternate perspectives and to help personalize the answer).

After Student Time:

Apply the solutions discussed during the student time

  • Apply the solutions ASAP
    • Forgetfulness is a universal problem

Remember that the college provides additional academic help

PRIVACY REQUIREMENTS (A FORMAL APPOINTMENT): 

If the student time doesn't seem to be going your way, and/or you need to have a more private conversation, leave me a note or contact me through e-mail to make a more formal meeting happen during the scheduled times.  

Private conversations are required if the discussion is to be of a personal nature, such as grades, personal data (phone number, address, etc.), disabilities, enrollment status, prior school work, etc.


CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MISCONDUCT:

Students should read this information if any conversation with me will include reporting some form of misconduct, including sexual violence, sexual assault, relationship violence (domestic and dating violence), stalking, sexual harassment and/or other forms of prohibited discrimination.    


*In all fairness, I believe that on the Rocklin campus, there are two rooms set aside for the hundreds of part-time instructors to use for student time, but they are in the LRC building across campus and are by "sign-up" only (I am not aware of any other rooms set aside elsewhere).  Also, I do have one file-cabinet drawer near my classroom for my use.

**In order to get paid for the hour, your part-time instructor must teach at least 40% of a full-timer's 15-unit load and must sign a formal, written request for the money during the first two weeks of instruction.  Part-time instructors who do not meet those requirements do not get any paid time to meet with students and deal with student's questions and concerns.  See the section, Part - Time Instructional Faculty Office Hours Program, in the SCFA contract, Art. 12.27.  

The hour for part-timers to meet with students is not part of paid personal time off.  If, for example, your part-time instructor misses a class for sickness, and isn't present for the "office hour," the part-timer cannot reschedule the lost time; he must forfeit payment and the students lose that contact time.  See the SCFA contract, Art. 12.27.

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“Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
           Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)
           Poet, author, editor

©2012 W. Michael Robinson

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