Week 6 Teaching Tips

Welcome to Week 6!

Remind students that there are no classes for Student Success Day on Thursday 2/27 and offices are closed on Friday 2/28.  More information and the schedule can be found at: http://blog.minneapolis.edu/employee/2014/01/28/student-faculty-and-staff-development-days-feb-27-and-28/

Don’t forget to return your classroom to how you left it when you arrived.  This includes turning off the computer, projector, and lights to help save money, putting chairs and desks to their original conformation, erasing the board, and locking/closing the door.

Want to arrange your classroom to promote student interactions?  You can help students move desks and chairs how you would like it then request that they help you move them before and after each class.

Do you have handouts or printed activities that you use each semester?  Consider having these printed on card stock and laminated in Central Services.  You can even request that the card stock is cut in 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 prior to lamination.  See the wall to the right of the desk for color options.  This can save you time and save money in the long run.  It is recommended that you try out the activity first in case changes are needed.

Want 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: (2) interact in a way that motivates students: (1) give praise in a way that motivates, listen well to the learners, motivate by interacting differently with different students.  How can you improve this in your classes?

Looking for additional faculty-development opportunities?

Registration is now open for the Minnesota Desire2Learn Ignite Regional User Conference 2014, to be held Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott.  (Note: This is a regional conference which is different from the annual Fusion.)  Registration is $80-95.  For more information, go to: http://www.desire2learn.com/events/ignite/minnesota-2014/

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