Teaching Tips for Week 2 – with a focus on mindset

Hello Faculty,

You made it through the first week and are rewarded with a long weekend on a stick and a short upcoming week!  We are here to help you through the start of the semester and anything else related to your faculty role – contact us for assistance, and watch for emails as we start our fall programming.

Do you have students who did not attend last week? 
Now that the first week is complete, check your class attendance.  Enter a LDA (last date of attendance) for any students who did not attend or contact you.  Last Date of Attendance Guidelines 2014 , Directions on How to enter an LDA Remember that eServices has your official class list.

Do you have students who still want to register?  The late registration (and grade change) deadline is September 8.  See the 8/21 email from Jeanne Maanum with the new late registration form.  The process was streamlined so that it no longer needs to go to Academic Affairs for a signature.

Do you want to put your students into an Excel spread sheet for attendance, grading, etc.?  Even if you are not using D2L, this will work.

  1. Go into a course then pull down the Assessments menu and select Grades.
  2. Click on the Export box.
  3. Click to the left of Last Name and First Name (and the boxes for anything else you want to export including your grade items).
  4. Click on Export to Excel then on the file to be exported once it is ready.

Do you want more resources from Opening Days?  During the all-faculty session, we discussed activities for the first four weeks (see last week’s Tips), mindset (see below), and teamwork (see next week’s tips).  During our conversations about mindset, we also had some discussion about team/group work, but we do not want you to leave you with the impression that mindset is just about group work.

Do you want to provide input for faculty-development programming?  The Faculty Development Committee will meet monthly, and we are asking for at least a semester-long commitment. These hour-long meetings  serve as a “think tank,” and there is minimal (if any) work outside of meetings. If you are interested in joining, please share your availability by completing this scheduling poll by Thursday, September 4th. Meetings will be sent as Outlook appointments.  As always, anyone can provide input and suggestions by contacting one of us.

Do you want more faculty-development activities?

Mindset Resources:

  1. Video shown during all-faculty session summarizing Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” book:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWv1VdDeoRY
  2. PowerPoint Visual from Dweck’s book
  3. Article about 15-minute classroom exercise:http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2010/11/25/15-minute-writing-exercise-closes-the-gender-gap-in-university-level-physics/
  4. Video about developing character strengths with connection to mindset (Note that at the end of the video, it says they can make a version tailored to your school for free!):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3nT2KDAGOc
  5. We showed this Ted Talk at one of last year’s all-faculty sessions with focus on grit and connection to mindset:https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit
  6. PowerPoint and discussion outline from a faculty discussion on grit from last year: Grit powerpoint , Outline_for_discussion

From your colleagues:

  • Posting structure for each video response (250-500 words):
    • Something I knew…
    • Something I did not know…
    • Something I want to know more about…

D2L posting for students:

Staying Motivated, GRIT
“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” – Andrew Carnegie

Review another video by Paul Tough researching Angela Duckworth’s study on Grit (Week 1).

Want to take Angela’s test to see how “gritty” you are?  Check out:

Even more mindset resources (provided by Leigh Cressman in Strategy Planning and Accountability – from a recent conference)

  1. David Yeager Keynote_Mindset
  2. Presentation on promoting and sustaining a growth mindset
  3. Introduction to Productive Persistence
  4. Presentation on increasing student belonging
  5. Article on growth mindset
  6. Growth Mindset Worksheet

Links to the videos of the plenary sessions:

  1. David Yeager (mindset) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01H1ZAaKPkY&list=PLfHljoXQc9O3KKtSFj_cxDk2ebHrs62BZ&index=2
  2. Jim Stigler (productive struggle) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDAAKQFqx4k&list=PLfHljoXQc9O3KKtSFj_cxDk2ebHrs62BZ&index=3
  3. Claude Steele (stereotype threat) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7Jj22yd0FM&list=PLfHljoXQc9O3KKtSFj_cxDk2ebHrs62BZ&index=1
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