Ready, Set, Go

At San Sebastian College-Recoletos in Manila, Liza Romero challenges her students and keeps current with new curricular developments. Her students appreciate how hard she works to prepare them for careers in networking and enjoy the hands-on activities she includes. But Liza can be intimidating, and students are sometimes reluctant to ask for help.

Both Liza and her students are well-prepared for class.

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Liza focuses on preparation.

At this private Catholic university, Liza Romero is the authority in her classroom. She prides herself on being strict, and students respond by reading and studying outside of class so that they’re ready once class begins. They never know when they’ll be called on, since Liza randomly selects students based on their terminal number—and they are seldom unprepared to demonstrate their skills.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos website

Liza’s students respect her as an instructor and enjoy her humor, but they are reluctant to pose questions during class lectures and simulations. When Liza poses a question, students answer as a group and look to one another for support and additional explanations. Liza is aware of student reluctance and holds Saturday tutorials to ensure students receive the help they need.

Liza also prepare for class. With student groups performing various tasks, Liza checks all equipment prior to class to make sure it’s running properly. She also considers how she will support her struggling students and challenge her advanced students. Keeping pace with new developments is critical, and Liza continues to improve her knowledge and skills and share with her students what she learns.

Liza keeps students busy with different tasks.

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Students pay close attention during lectures.

With thirty-three students sitting in six rows in the large room, it’s not always easy to keep students on task. The air conditioner hums loudly, and outside noise intrudes. After her lecture, Liza sends students, one row at a time, to the practical use computers to work on different timed assessments. The others sit quietly, their computers off, whispering to each other occasionally.

Eventually, Liza engages the others with Packet Tracer, a new simulation software used to teach complex networking concepts. Projecting Packet Tracer on a screen so students can watch, Liza designs, builds and configures virtual networks for them to work on. Although Liza’s attention is divided between two groups of students working on different tasks, most are learning and focused once directions are provided.

Introducing Packet Tracer 4.1: Network Simulation Software

Students prepare for careers.

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Students solve real-world networking problems during timed practicals.

Liza’s students work hard to meet course and industry demands. To increase her students’ job readiness, Liza incorporates career-relevant classroom experiences into her daily lessons. For example, she ramps up the difficulty of a class exercise by disabling the mouse at each computer. This added challenge forces students to master keystroke commands and mimics a possible job-site problem. Liza doesn’t just help students build skills, she also organizes a job fair each year to help students find jobs once they’ve passed their certification exams.