Week 9 Teaching Tips

Welcome back from spring break!  We hope you were able to catch up, relax, etc. and are ready for the second half of the semester.  The rest of the semester is free from breaks and holidays.  The CTL will be programming for Friday, May 16th, so look for upcoming announcements.  Monday, May 19th is also a professional-development day but is being set aside for “grading day.”

Want to know how things are going 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.  We have a new timeline and process for 5&5s this semester, so make sure you request one in the next two weeks.

Want to Talk About Teaching?

We have renamed out “Lunch and Learn” meetings.  The next one will be Thursday, March 27 from 10:30-11:30 in T2160.  The topic is Teaching with Ipads and Other Mobile Technologies.  Join us to share what you are already doing or to find out what others are doing.

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 attitides and perspectices: (1) intense desire to continuously learn about their subject and about teaching and learning rather than (a) lukewarm level of learning about their subject and (b) no interest in learning about teaching and learning.  Which resources can you access to learn more about your subject and about teaching and learning?  Remember, we are here to help with the latter.

Looking for additional faculty-development opportunities?

Registration is now open for the second annual Adult Learner Institute: Serving Post-Traditional Adult Learners in Higher Education conference sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities with funding from Lumina Foundation. This year’s event will be on Monday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Avenue S., Bloomington, Minnesota.  Hear engaging presentations by national and local experts on marketing, emerging trends and effective program formats for serving post-traditional adult learners. Network with conference participants to make connections and gather ideas for your future efforts.  For more information: https://minnesotaonlinesupport.org/app/answers/detail/a_id/4348

Want to attend graduation? Never been? It is a lot of fun – and MCTC will pay to rent your regalia. The 2014 Commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We ask that all faculty participants planning to attend the 2014 ceremony, RSVP to Student.Life@minneapolis.edu by March 28, in order for us to rent regalia specific to your degree/institution.

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