Teaching at its Best

October 23, 2017

Teaching at its best arises from healthy teachers who are well rested, open minded, clear thinking and compassionate towards the challenges of learning. ~ Kathryn Lovewell, Every Teacher Matters

Good morning! We have reached the mid-term point of the semester. In the past two weeks, a number of people privately or at CETL sessions have shared how overwhelming/busy/hectic the semester is, and how it is difficult to find time to meet obligations and goals.  I believe that teaching is one of the best professions. It requires significant time and energy to teach, provide feedback, develop assignments, provide more feedback, assess and evaluate, then revise.  Additional campus responsibilities affect our time teaching and working with students.

There are ways to take care of ourselves as teachers. Our Well-being Community of Practice, which meets this week (see info at the bottom of this email) provides great ideas and is a source of support.  In the attached article, Helping New Faculty Thrive, there are a myriad of strategies and ideas offered to help enhance teaching. While the intent is towards new faculty/instructors, even those more seasoned may find some new ideas.  The article is broken out into specific sections:

  • The Things I Did Badly: Looking Back on My First Five Years of Teaching……….. 6
  • Qualities of Successful Teaching………………………………………………………………. 8
  • Lessons Learned from My Students…………………………………………………………. 10
  • ‘What Works’ in the Messy Landscape of Teaching and Learning………………….12
  • Student Engagement: What Is It?……………………………………………………………. 14
  • Ways to Achieve Student Engagement…………………………………………………….. 16
  • Critical Thinking: Definitions and Assessments……………………………………………18
  • A Less-Structured, More Learning-Centered Environment……………………………20
  • Avoiding Information Overload: Remembering Course Goals……………………….22
  • Some Lessons Learned about Learner-Centered Teaching………………………….. 24
  • Learning from Our Mistakes…………………………………………………………………….26
  • Talk about Teaching That Benefits Beginners and Those Who Mentor Them….28
  • Confessions of a Bad Teacher…………………………………………………………………..30
  • Six Things That Make College Teachers Successful………………………………………32

Upcoming events:
This week, CETL is hosting three open sessions, all held in the CETL conference room (Swenson 2076).

  • The URSCA Peer Network meets Tuesday, 10/24 from noon – 12:50 p.m. (See more info in the attached email from Julie.) This group is facilitated by Cheong Soon Gan and Julie O’Leary.
  • The Well-being Community of Practice meets Wednesday, 10/25 from noon – 12:50 p.m. This month’s topic is “Attitude of Gratitude”. Research has shown that gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, our relationships and our workplaces. Come learn how to cultivate and appreciate the many blessings in your life based on new research being done in this area of well-being. This group is facilitated by Randy Barker and Mimi Rappley-Larson.
  • Implicit Bias Training, facilitated by Jerel Benton, EDI Director, is on Thursday, 10/26 from 11:30 a.m.  – 12:50 p.m. Implicit bias is defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. It can have a powerful influence inside and outside classrooms.

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