Breaking news! Play the 4 second clip for mood setting sound effect and then check out the tweet below it. Fleming College president Tony Tilly has added to the Open Faculty Patchbook with ‘The OverPatch: Learning in a Cohort” which takes a big picture view of college instruction.
It’s week two, so we’re in the thick of our teaching and developing now! We hope the stuff below helps.
…So Whatcha Thinkin’ ‘Bout?
Eliciting & Interpreting Individual Student’s Thinking: Some Simple Strategies and Techniques
- The simplest way to do this effectively is to match the learning goals to your questions, prompts, and activities. For example, “Explain the process of photosynthesis in your own words.” or, “Select a series of home care exercises and perform them in a therapeutic sequence.”
Compare the students’ ideas and work to identify patterns and relationships.
- A comparison can help to highlight patterns and critical ideas as well as increase interaction in your class. For example, “Do you agree with Doug on this point?” or, “How does Daisy’s comment relate to what we studied last week?”
Use the students’ previous work and thinking to evaluate their progress.
- As you work with your students, you will begin to build a picture of their mind, personality, and learning that will help you to tailor your instruction to their individual needs. For example, “Would you be willing to explain how today’s reading has affected your answer?”
Use a tone of voice and approach that helps you to connect with and support students.
- It is important to minimize the threat of being wrong and take the negativity out of making mistakes by highlighting what is right and how useful mistakes are for the learning process.
Do you have any tips for learning about what your students are thinking? Let us know in the comments below!
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Policies & Procedures
Believe it or not, Fleming has a Policy about Awards. We’re not asking you to actually read that policy, but are simply using it as an excuse to congratulate the recently-announced award winners from the Academic Division under this Teaching Hub heading:
The Charles E. Pascal Award for Excellence in Teaching
Winner: Katrina Van Osch-Saxon
This is like the Best Movie Oscar of Fleming awards. Katrina is a faculty member and coordinator in the forestry cluster of programs at the Frost Campus. She is the founder and driving force behind “Women in Trees” (and also a published Patchbook author).
The Vice-President Academic’s Contract Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
Winner: D’Arcy McKittrick
D’Arcy develops and delivers project management courses in the School of Business and played an integral role in designing and launching the current Applied Project student experience, a primary point of differentiation for Fleming’s Project Management program.
The Leadership Award
Winner: Sandra Dupret
Dean/Principal, Haliburton School of Art + Design & Dean of General Arts & Science. She’s good at that leadership thing. Real good.
**The Way Awesome Award**
Winner: The Learning Design & Support Team
**This is not a real award at all. It is fake news propagated by Facebook profiteers and Internet trolls.**
Congratulations; these awards are well deserved! (except for the last one. Thumbs down to that one).
Cast your minds forward to late August 2017. Fleming College has hired a fresh new batch of faculty members to come on in and start teaching alongside us. Full-time, part-time, contract faculty. All of them looking for support in their future teaching. Picture them meeting for a how-to-teach bootcamp. Picture us handing those fresh new faces a manual created by all of us, for all of us on how we go about our teaching. Picture your own work being included in and enhancing the heck out of that manual.
It’s not too late to add a “patch” to the The Open Faculty Patchbook and help those newbies get off to a flying start. Let us know if you’d like to patch it up: LDSTeam@flemingcollege.ca And check out our latest patches below in the Chatter section.