Week 9 Teaching Tips

Welcome to Week 9!  Congratulations on making it through the first half of the semester.  We hope that two days off from teaching helped you to catch up and get some time to relax.  This email will include some mid-term feedback suggestions, updates about Atma Jyotih Sangha and yoga opportunities from Jennifer Mason, links to more Ebola resources, a list of CTL programming this week, and faculty-development opportunities both inside and outside of MCTC.

Want to know how things are going in your classes?  This is a good time to do a mid-term evaluation.  (Remember that probationary faculty members are required to do this as part of their evaluation).  It can be really helpful to review the results with your students and explain what you will change and why other things will not be changed.  A few ideas are listed below:

  • Create a paper or online survey (you could choose a few questions from the SIRII forms)
  • Ask students to write 1 thing you should keep doing and 1 suggestion for improvements – have them do this on two sides of a note card or piece of paper so you can read through the improvements then flip over to read through the things to keep doing
  • Ask students to list 1 thing you should START doing, 1 thing to CONTINUE doing, and 1 thing to STOP doing
  • Request a peer observation from one of your colleagues (the CTL could help you find someone to do this; remember that this is required for probationary faculty members)
  • 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.  The deadline to request a 5&5 this semester is Friday, October 24.

Updates from Jennifer Mason:

  1. Atma Jyotih Sangha will resume on 10/30 @ 12:45 PM in the Breathing Room of the Library
  2. Basic Yoga Class, Thursdays, October 30-November 20th, 1:00-2:00 PM, at the park building in Loring Park. $20 advanced registration at www.minneapolisparks.org; or $7 drop in.
  3. The Yoga Club is teaming up with the Gorilla Yogis (www.gorillayogis.com) for a massive yoga class on Saturday, Nov. 8th at 10 AM on campus! Donations will be gifted to the Harriet Tubman Emergency Shelters

Want more Ebola resources?  See these links
http://serc.carleton.edu/sencer/newsletters/92359.html
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/infectious-disease-topics/ebola#literature

CTL Events this week:

  • Monday, October 20, noon-1:30 in T2000, Stereotype Threat and “Whistling Vivaldi” Discussion
  • Friday, October 24, 10-11:30 am, Room TBA, MCTC Mindset MeetupTopic: Productive Persistence
  • Friday, October 24 – join us for one, two, or all of these

FACULTY-DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

New Listings

  • Monday, October 20, noon-1:30 in T2000, Stereotype Threat and “Whistling Vivaldi” Discussion
  • November 14-15, Metro State, Overcoming Racism: Cultivating Transformation conference: http://www.overcomingracism.org/2014/home.html

Previous Listings

  • Thursdays (resumes 10/30), 12:45-1:15 pm in Library Breathing Room, Atma Jyotih Sangha with Jennifer Mason
  • Tuesday, October 21, noon-1:30 in H1002, Human Rights and Culture in Columbia and Sri Lanka (see 9/23 email from Alejandro Maya)
  • Friday, October 24: Deadline to request a 5 & 5 Classroom Assessment for one of your classes where a CTL Consultant will lead your students through an activity to create a list of 5 things for you to keep doing and 5 things to improve.  You can read more about it here on our website.  If you are ready to make a 5&5 request, please complete the 5 & 5 request form
  • Monday, October 27, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Tuesday, October 28, noon-1, free (repeated) online webinar on Accessibility and Online Videos (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/minnesota-online-quality-initiative-7290950883)
  • 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.
  • November 11-25: 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.
  • March 26-28, San Diego, Diversity Learning and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusion Excellence.
  • Friday, October 24, 8-12:30 at North Hennepin Community College: Improve Your Online Course Workshop
  • Friday, October 24, 10-11:30 am, Room TBA, MCTC Mindset Meetup – Topic: Productive Persistence.
  • 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
  • Thursday, October 30, 2-3:30 in H1002, Human Rights and Culture in Maldives and Morocco (see 9/23 email from Alejandro Maya)
  • Monday, November 3 at North Hennepin Community College.  Tim Wise, Beyond Diversity: Racism In An Age of Backlash presentation (free, noon-1) and educator training session ($15 scholarship donation, 2-4 pm).  For more information: http://www.nhcc.edu/foundationevents
  • 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)
  • Friday, November 7, 8:30-4:30 MCTC Inclusion Experience: Everyone Has a Story is seeking students and employees interesting in facilitating small groups; facilitator training is scheduled for 10-2 on Friday, October 24 with lunch provided.  Contact Tara Martinez if interested.
  • Tuesday, November 10, noon-1, free (repeated) online webinar on Course Design Basics (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/minnesota-online-quality-initiative-7290950883).  Note, this is the same webinar we will show on 10/30 – see above
  • Wednesday, November 12, MCTC Student Success Day – watch for future emails
  • Thursday, November 13, noon-1:30 in H1002, Human Rights of Children and Culture in Pakistan and Brazil (see 9/23 email from Alejandro Maya) Monday, November 24, 2-3:30 pm in T2000, Faculty Development Committee meeting – join us to provide input on future faculty-development programming.
  • Monday, November 24 at North Hennepin Community College.  Greg “Biskakone” Johnson, Education from an Indigenous Perspective presentation (free, noon-1) and educator training session ($15 scholarship donation, 2-4 pm).  For more information: http://www.nhcc.edu/foundationevents
  • 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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