Week 5 Teaching Tips

Remind students that there are no classes and that campus is closed on Monday 2/17, Thursday 2/27 is Student Success Day, and offices are closed on Friday 2/28.

Interested in facilitating a session on 2/27 for students or 2/28 for employees?

See the 2/6 email from insideMCTC – proposals are due Wednesday

Do you students seem to just want you to tell them the “right” answers? 

This article provides examples of how to help develop critical thinking:  http://www.edutopia.org/lesson-planning-inquiry-modeling.  For example, one suggestion is: “Begin and end a lesson, unit, or project with an essential question or two. These are overarching questions that do not have a definitive answer — for example, “How am I connected to those in the past?” Essential questions are also open ended, highly subjective, and often provocative.”

Looking for quick ways to break up your presentations and get feedback about whether your students are getting it?

Have students “talk to a neighbor” for a few minutes. You could pose a specific question for them to discuss, have them compare notes they just took, or check to see if their neighbor has any questions. You could turn this into a think-pair-share where they think about it, pair up with a neighbor to discuss it, then share with the class. Variations on this are a thinkpairsquareshare (where they formpairs then square up in a group of four), writepairshare, or writepairsquareshare. These are additional examples of classroom-assessment techniques (CATs) and can give students a break to process information, involve more students in discussions, create community, and provide feedback to you about their learning.

Want more feedback in your classes? 

Request that a CTL Consultant come into your class to lead students through an activity to give you a list of 5 things to keep doing and 5 suggestions for improvement by going to this 5&5 Request Form.

What do the best college teachers do?

Ken Bain studied over 100 college teachers over 15 years to answer that question and wrote this up in the book “What the Best College Teachers Do” (available in the CTL library).  Last semester, we examined each of Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.  This semester, we will examine themes in Bain’s book from an anlysis by Dee Fink.  For interactions with students: (1) teacher’s interactions show they care about students, student learning, teaching learning process and about the subject of the course.  How can you improve this in your classes?

Looking for additional faculty-development opportunities?

MCTC is apart of The Democracy Commitment, and the annual meeting is in Louisville June 5-7.  For more information: http://www.aascu.org/meetings/adptdc14/#regdeadline

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