Week 5 Teaching Tips

Hello Faculty,

Welcome to week 5!  At the end of week 3, the CTL hosted a webinar from the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) entitled “Teaching Men of Color in the Community College: Strategies for Classroom Faculty.”  This email will contain information from the webinar and related resources as well as other faculty-development opportunities.

SUPPORTING MEN OF COLOR

The webinar slides are available here.  Audio has not been posted, but previous webinars are available here.

Slide Highlights…

Slide 15: The Pyramid of Student Success. Student Success is at the top of the pyramid. Under this is Effective and Engaging Pedagogy, and this is supported by Relational: Trust/Mutual Respect/Authentic Care.

Slides 16-17: Rapport and Relationship Building Strategies. The listed strategies are

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Welcome warmly.  Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Routinely and authentically communicate care.
  • Connect with students as individuals.
  • Get to know them on a personal basis.
  • Avoid the “approach me first”
  • “Prove yourself first” stances.
  • Be transparent about your past failures and how you overcame them.
  • Check in frequently with students-especially those who “disappear” for a period of time.
  • Follow through on promises!
  • Criticize privately…praise publicly.
  • Don’t just direct them to support services or resources, facilitate a connection with a colleague.

Slides 20 and 23: Strategies for Effective Pedagogy.  The listed strategies are

  • Utilize culturally relevant content: historical context, life relevant, different viewpoints, feature diverse speakers
  • Engage men in critical reflection upon their lives and realities
  • Employ collaborative learning strategies: restructure classroom for collaborative engagement, assignment work in small groups, collaborative experiential learning (and see Teaching Tips for Week 3 and
    http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/design/instructionalstrategies/groupprojects/design.html)
  • Proactively monitor students’ academic performance: proactively asking students if they need help, provide encouragement to students on the margin, know when to ‘step in’

See slide 10 for how talking to faculty outside of class increases completion percentages for black men.  This is supported by college student development research showing that student-faculty interaction outside of classes has one of the largest impacts on student success.

M2M3 is writing a guidebook entitled “Teaching Men of Color in the Community College.”  We will send more information when it is available.

More Resources:

CTL Books:

The CTL also owns copies of the following books which were discussed during Opening Days sessions.  Look for additional upcoming CTL programming on these books.  If you have copies of these that you are finished reading, please drop them off in the CTL.  If you would like to read these, check in the CTL office (T2000) to sign out a copy.

  • Multiplication is For White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit.  The title might make you think this is about math, but it is not.  The messages about teaching are very similar to the webinar discussed above though most examples are about K-12.
  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel and Howard Zinn “is a uniquely sensitive, wise, practical guide for white people struggling with their feelings about race.” (From Amazon reviews)
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paul Friere “meets the single criterion of a ‘classic’: it has outlived his own time and its author’s. For any teacher who links education to social change, this is required reading. Freire remains the most important writer on popular education and surely the virtual founder of the perspective known as Critical Pedagogy.” (From Amazon reviews)

 

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

New Listings

  • Online workshops, Applying the Quality Matters Rubric.  This workshop is good for anyone who is using online materials in a class.  Much of the rubric is focused on general course design for any type of class (face-to-face, blended, or online).  This workshop allows you to be an online “student” and see various ways others organize online materials.

Previous Listings

  • Thursdays, 12:45-1:15 pm in Dance (in Bollman Hall), Atma Jyotih Sangha with Jennifer Mason
  • Monday, September 22 at 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 23 at 10 a.m., or Thursday, September 25 at 2 p.m. in T2000Assessment Project.  See the 9/17 email from Gail O’Kane or contact Cheryl Norman for more information.
  • Thursday, September 25, noon-1:00 pm, S2420, Webinar on Accessibility and Online Videos.  This webinar will discuss the process of uploading videos to Kaltura, connecting with Automatic yn, having the videos captioned with transcription, and then placed back into Kaltura Media Space.  A case study on using the Desire2Learn platform for open captioned videos in developmental Math courses will be the focus. This webinar is open to faculty and staff from any MnSCU institution. Optional discussion to follow.
  • September 28-29, 2014, St. Cloud State University, Realizing the Civic Mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • October 16-17 in St. Paul: Education Minnesota Professional Conference
  • October 16-18 in Minneapolis: Global Learning in College
  • Friday, October 24: Talk About Teaching 3:30-4:30 in T2000 and Topic TBA, Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, MCTC Play 7 pm
  • Friday, October 24, 8-12:30 at North Hennepin Community College: Improve Your Online Course Workshop
  • Saturday, October 25 in Plymouth.  Insisting on Equity.   Registration decreases with number of participants; let us know if you plan to go.
  • Monday, October 27, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Thursday, October 30, noon-1:00 pm, S2420, Webinar on Course Design BasicsCreating a course that is carefully aligned makes for a better learning experience for the students AND the instructor.  This  webinar will cover the basics of course alignment.  It will include practical advice and tools you can use to help align your course including the use of the Quality Matters Rubric (TM) as a helpful instructional design tool. This webinar is open to faculty and staff from any MnSCU institution. Optional discussion to follow.
  • March 26-28, San Diego, Diversity Learning and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusion Excellence.
  • Monday, September 22, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Friday, September 26, 10-11:30 am, T2160, Mindset Meetup
  • Thursday, November 6: Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, Film Fest 7-9 pm at Riverview Theater (http://resultsfilmfestival.com/ – These 3-minute films about Twin Cities neighborhoods provide scholarships for MCTC students)
  • Wednesday, November 12, MCTC Student Success Day – watch for future emails
  • Monday, November 24, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Monday, December 8, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Friday, December 12: Talk About Teaching 3:30-4:30 in T2000 and topic TBA, Dinner 5-6:30 at TBA, MCTC Winter Concert 7:30 pm
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