Defining the Classroom

Depending on your academic and professional goals, your typical classroom environment may include desks and a smart board operated by an expert in the field.  Others may pull on hip waders and explore a local stream or other natural environment.  Still others may spend days (and nights) in a lab or studio surrounding by the instruments and inspiration to discover, innovate and create.

We expect that each of you will invent the future, and that the classroom – the world around you – pours in to you experiences, ideas, challenges, and opportunities that shape your leadership philosophy and style.  This space will serve as an extension of our formal classroom, as does PY, the Virginia Tech campus, and the “real world”.

This blog will serve as an extension of our classroom – a space to explore and apply leadership to our world.  Comment often and challenge one another to think and feel deeply about the topics posted… the future is ours.

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20 Responses to Defining the Classroom

  1. Daniel says:

    A blog is a great idea for conveying the knowledge of leadership, not only for communication and discussion, but also helping people learn to say what they want to say in a concise manner. Comments are usually kept short but at the same time have a lot of meaning since they are written out. Looking forward to the discussions here.

  2. Mariana Sa says:

    Since the topic ‘type of classroom’ was in this post, I should probably say I feel like the setting of the classroom influences in the way the class discuss things. I am really used to a circle kind of group discussion, and this ‘classic’ classroom organization is being a little different for me. I don’t know if I am being really clear, but I am trying to say that if we have the physical space, and the chance to do so, we should do circles or some other shapes that would make us face each other, which I believe makes it easier to follow the discussion, once you know who is talking, and their tone/expression become more clear.

  3. Abby says:

    I feel like having a blog for open discussions really emphasizes how this subject has much for flow to it, than for example, math. In rigid subjects such as math, there really is not much room for open discussion (unless you’re arguing a grade, but even that isn’t very open…); you basically just listen to what you are told and do it. However, since there are so many different types of leadership, there is much more room in this class for open discussion is world views- which, as we learned in class today, can affect how one may go about initiating social change.

  4. Emma Reeves says:

    This blog is a great way to use what we have learned in our leadership classes and apply our new ideas about leadership to things that are going on outside the classroom. Abby makes a good point when she says that leadership has more flow and openness to interpretation than other subjects, which makes it easier to challenge ideas and discuss them with each other both in class and on this blog!

  5. Nina Miller says:

    I feel like the service work we do outside of the classroom leaves a greater impression on us as students and, at least for me, creates a greater desire to serve others with the knowledge and abilities we have and we are learning.

    • Ryan Jenvey says:

      I agree. I think that the work that we have done as a class in our service projects really lets us understand the meaning of Ut Prosim. I think that it is essential as a leader to understand servanthood and to live it out in everyday life.

  6. Courtney Green says:

    I definitely agree with Nina. I feel like Ivanhoe had a big impact on me. The family I worked with was so grateful. They appreciated everything that we did for them. I feel like during the day each of us had to take on a leadership role. Everyone learns differently, for me, I learn best with hands on activities. I really enjoyed Ivanhoe and hope to do other similar service projects.

  7. Andrew says:

    While in the classroom we learn all about leadership and the different methods one can use to effectively lead, but when we do work outside the classroom that is the most valuable learning, when we are able to see leadership in action.

  8. Rachel E. says:

    I agree with Nina in that there is more to a class than just the classroom learning. The things done outside the classroom to enhance our learning leave more of an impact on us then just sitting through a lecture three days a week. The techniques we learn in class are remembered so much better when they are applied. For example, something you learn about in chemistry lecture like precipitation reactions, the best way to really understand them is to have chemistry lab and actually create a precipitation reaction. The application of the things learned are always what leave a longer lasting impression on us.

  9. Francisco Gabitan says:

    Blogging is one of the most effective avenues for utilizing our right according to the 1st Amendment. It allows us to speak and be critiqued by people faster and more efficient than most other means. Not only this but the population of bloggers tend to have more care than those who simply surf facebook or twitter because blogging actually takes more time and effort therefore their responses will have more meaning than the typical “lol” comment on a status or a retweet.

  10. Thomas Nave says:

    I really like this style of sharing ideas, because we can all come together and post our comments on a collective website. By using it each week, we can broaden our knowledge of leadership and be able to communicate with what we believe.

  11. Macy Kinder says:

    I think the blog does have its benefits. It allows students to engage in conversation outside of the classroom. By using the blog, students are able to express their opinions on leadership with their peers. This creates an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge.

  12. John jones says:

    While I like the concept of the blog and the idea of implementing technology with our leadership studies I believe that personal connection is a much stronger way of sharing our ideals and learning from our peers. The blog definitely helps to expand our knowledge of leadership, but the most meaningful connections we will have in the RLC I believe will be through personal interaction.

  13. Maggie D says:

    Blogs are a great way for students to share their opinions on topics learned about in class or to simply share their own ideas or personal opinions. Today’s society is so plugged into electronics, which makes blogging a simple way to communicate with others and allows for different methods of learning to occur outside of the classroom.

  14. Anna Fox says:

    Blogging is very useful in the classroom because it gives everyone a chance to build upon what they have learned in the classroom and also to share beliefs that they may not necessarily feel comfortable sharing in the classroom. Blogging is also useful in today’s world which becomes more dependent upon technology each day.

  15. Crista Watson says:

    Personally, I think students learn the most outside of the classroom. Interacting with the world and gaining experience is what learning is. Learning is not memorizing textbooks and information. Real learning is understanding what you read but also experiencing it for yourself. Blogs are a really neat tool that students can use to express their thoughts and activities. There are no wrong or right answers. It is meant to write what is on your mind and reflect on things that have happened.

  16. Victoria Gray says:

    My favorite part of being in the leadership class is the classroom experience that I receive and is unavailable in any of my other classes. It is amazing to feel challenged and that there is no right or wrong answer. I know my opinion counts and will probably be different from my neighbors but that is just fine. In my regular classes, I receive constant information but rarely become involved.

  17. Hoo In Won says:

    At first, I thought that blog is useless and pointless. As i read journals and watch videos, i realized that this is such a good opportunity to apply the leadership into real world. The blog also made me think about what leadership really is and strengthened my philosophy of leadership.

  18. Zack Snow says:

    This is the moment in the year where I wish that I had posted more blogs. Not because I am scrambling to get them all done, but because I have actually enjoyed posting. It provides a good, healthy environment to say what you want to say in response to others but in a place where heated arguments are harder to come by. The discussions that take place are generally intellectual ones.

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