Welcome back from the break from teaching. You have now made it through 1/2 of the semester and the first snow of the season!
Do you have your students completing a big project that is due later in the semester? You could point them to the Assignment Planner that is available through the MCTC Library web site. The Assignment Planner is a time-management tool. Students can use it to create a number of steps with deadlines for their projects and can also set up e-mail reminders to help keep them on task. There is a link from the main library web page: http://library.minneapolis.edu/ , and the direct link is: http://libresearch.minneapolis.edu/assignmentcalc/
During a previous faculty-development day, we used Hope_goals_worksheet that we developed based on some research that showed that helping students set goals and identify strategies to overcome barriers could help with student success. I know some of you started using this at the start of the semester, and it might be helpful to check back in with your students to see how they are doing on their goals. It might also be helpful to student to complete it now that half of the semester remains. Now that they know your expectations and their current grades, they might set different goals for the rest of the semester.
Ready to start planning next semester? Probably not, but the rest of the Tips for this semester will include this section to get you thinking about changes to make in your course design and/or syllabus. The next 7 will each include 1 of Chickering and Gamson’s 7 principles for good practice in undergraduate education. The first 1 is: encourages contact between students and faculty. How do your classes currently address this, and how could you increase it next semester?
Join us this week for:
Faculty + Student Dialogue, Topic: MCTC Community’s Climate Commitment | Thursday, October 24th from 10-11:30am
This dialogue is open to all faculty and students and will be facilitated, in part, by members of the MCTC Climate Committee. More information forthcoming…
Remember that textbook orders were due October 1, so get yours in if you have not already done so.