Welcome to Week 17 and final exam week!
Tips for finishing up
- Submit your grades by 11:59 pm on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23rd. See the email from Michele Copeland on 12/10 and 12/11 and from Tom Eland on 12/11. See below for grade entry help sessions.
- Check your textbooks. See the email from Veronica Plumley on 12/8.
- If you plan to take a break from email and voicemail, set an email auto reply and voicemail out-of-office message.
- Watch for a CTL email about course design with some tips for assignments for next semester
How can I view culture as an asset to academic learning?
- Read the article that includes the table of common characteristics of culturally responsive and competent educators: “Cultural Competence in the College Biology Classroom” (but applicable beyond biology): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2104499/
- Complete the checklist-assumptions (also available through this link: http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/designteach/teach/learningenvironment.html)
- Read this site about Teaching Across Cultures: http://eberly.cmu.edu/teaching-across-cultures/
- View the following video: https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_lesser_take_the_other_to_lunch. The premise is to go to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts. Have your students do this then write a one-page summary of lessons learned. What did you learn that was new in the video? What did you learn that was surprising? Who will you take to lunch, and why? (Thanks to Miki Huntington for this assignment suggestion)
- Read this article provided by Whitney Harris, “Beginning Courageous Conversations about Race”: http://www.tolerance.org/tdsi/sites/tolerance.org.tdsi/files/assets/general/TDSI_Singleton__Hays.pdf
- Sign out this or other books from the CTL Library to read over break: “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Social Justice” by Paul Kivel: http://www.paulkivel.com/bookstore/racial-justice/uprooting-racism-how-white-people-can-work-for-social-justice2012-07-24-00-03-00-detail
What is good teaching?
This week will will explore the last part of the table below. See Good Teaching that brings together three frameworks that we have been exploring through the Teaching Tips and all-faculty sessions: (1) Common characteristics of culturally responsive and competent educators, (2) Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, (3) Ken Bain’s book “What the Best College Teachers Do” (based on Dee Fink’s summary). See Week 12-17 Teaching Tips this semester for implementation ideas and additional resources (all of our Teaching Tips emails are saved on our web site: https://mctcctl.wordpress.com/news/)
|Common characteristics of culturally responsive & competent educators||7 Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education||What the Best College Teachers Do|
|Being Explicit about Cultural Competence: “Teachers realize that students are at different stages of acculturation: Lesson plans need to blend information on how students can become more comfortable with American culture with ways that other students can become culturally responsive to members of diverse cultures.“See above for ideas to help with this.||