MCTC CTL Spring 2014 Programming Overview

If you are interested in participating in Teaching Circles or Book Clubs, contact the facilitator of that group. Contact CTL Leader Jennifer Sippel if you are interested in facilitating or participating in a Dialogue or a Talking about Teaching. Note: scheduling conflicts may prohibit interested faculty from participating in various programming.

Teaching Circles

New Faculty | Maran Wolston (PHIL), facilitator

Faculty who have been working at the college for less than 3 years are encouraged to participate in this Teaching Circle. The Circle will focus on helping faculty become more familiar with the MCTC campus culture by discussing relevant topics and inviting guests to meetings as determined by the group. Faculty participants will set individual goals to help them make an improvement(s) to their teaching.

Develop Students’ Personal Responsibility & Life Skills | Michael Seward (ENGL), facilitator

Faculty interested in including these skills in their courses are invited to join this Teaching Circle. This Circle will focus on MCTC’s Core Competency Personal Responsibility/Life Skills and links to our Book Clubs on grit and mindset. Participants will identify a skill and develop an assignment with grading criteria to assess that skill. There will be similarities to previous embedded assessment work.

Book Clubs

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success | Rebecca March (INFS), facilitator

Do you dream of getting students to think about learning and problem solving as engaging challenges instead of dreaded and fearsome necessities?  Join the Mindset Book Group this semester!  Mindsets are our personal viewpoints on intelligence and ability.  Fixed mindsets view intelligence and personality traits as innate and unchangeable.  Growth mindsets interpret these traits as flexible and improvable.   Author and psychologist Carol Dweck believes mindsets strongly affect our lot in life and determine how we tackle learning and work.  Her book focuses on developing the qualities that accompany a growth mindset—persistence, resilience and enthusiasm for tackling new problems.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking | Ed Dillon (MATH), facilitator

Are you an introvert or extrovert? I’m and introvert and have always felt a bit insecure about it, up until I read the book Quiet by Susan Cain last year. It has changed the way that I conduct myself in social situations and it has changed the way that I teach (forever). Specifically, I no longer insist on participation in cooperative learning (yep, I was trained under the Johnsons at the U of MN). Please consider participating in this book club – it’s a fast read, and I promise that you will not look at your classroom the same after reading it.

Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education  | Linda Russell (READ) & Michael Kuhne (ENGL), co-facilitators

“Back to School is the first book to look at the schools that serve a growing population of “second-chancers,” exploring what higher education—in the fullest sense of the term—can offer our rapidly changing society and why it is so critical to support the institutions that make it possible for millions of Americans to better their lot in life.” When Linda read this book, she emailed Lois Bollman and told her she thought everyone who works at MCTC ought to read it. Michael teaches the book in his English 1110 classes, and students find it compelling. Mike Rose does an excellent job of explaining the need for multiple measures of success and for multiple options for the non-traditional student, who is fast becoming the most common type of student in higher education. Join this book club to discuss the important role of the community and technical colleges in today’s higher education landscape.

Resource Roundtable Dialogues

Student Success Day, Feb 27, 2014

Talking about Teaching

Dates & Times TBA

Possible topics:

  • Mindfulness

  • iPads

  • Grit

  • Syllabus

  • Classroom management

  • other???
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