Do the limitations students sometimes exhibit in basic academic skills ever frustrate you?
Are you open to strategies to address these needs, as well as enrich the quality of student performance in your classes?
Would you enjoy sharing professional ideas and experiences with colleagues across disciplines on our campus?
Our cross-disciplinary group of up to 10 faculty members is forming now. Become part of it! We will meet on 8 Tuesday afternoons, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm beginning in November and continuing monthly throughout the spring. Session dates are 11/26/13, 12/10, 1/28/14, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 4/22, 5/6.
Our FLC will review best practices in higher education that infuse core academic skill development into all disciplines of study. Competencies include time management, active and critical reading of college texts, high and low stakes writing, content driven verbal discourse, critical thinking, and information literacy. We will discuss social and emotional competencies as well. We will explore instructional design integrating these skills to help students achieve the content goals of our disciplines and better manage their future academic challenges.
Share your views and successful teaching strategies. Receive, read and respond to scholarly works, including John Bean’s acclaimed text, Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Actively participate in interdisciplinary workshops led by colleagues as our guest facilitators. Unwind! Exhale! Then apply IDEAS and new techniques to your own classes.
All interested faculty are welcome. Newer faculty members will find this experience especially helpful. Participation will be fully documented as an extended professional growth experience for inclusion in promotion and tenure applications.
Make connections… embrace IDEAS.
Contact Professor Suzanne Liff by November 11, 2013 for more information.
IDEAS Faculty Learning Community
Saul Bellow, Preface, The Closing of the American Mind
Introductions and FLC Overview
Share our fondest pedagogic "dreams"
Creating purposeful & effective course outlines
Active, Critical Reading of College Texts
Pre and post reading strategies
Self-monitored and focused expository reading
Writing to Learn
Low stakes writing to engage the learner
Raising the Bar in Writing
Connecting with content; thinking critically, and formalize the writing process
Critical Thinking & Elevated Verbal Discourse
Strategies to foster scholarly classroom discussion
The Information Literate Classroom
Integrating databases & evaluating digital text
with Professor Marsha Spiegelman, Library
Applying our IDEAS in the Classroom
Applying our IDEAS and Assessment