During a challenging time in a challenging year many of us may be having difficult conversations in the classroom (or in other spaces). While there is no magic formula for making those conversations into constructive educational opportunities, there are lots of possible recipes. With suggestions and links to resources, this week’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative Tip of the Week takes the form of a Teaching and Learning – Core Matters blog post by core director and psychological sciences professor Andrew Guest offering ideas about connecting difficult conversations, and these challenging times, to educational opportunities in the spirit of the liberal arts.
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These days, creating a sustainable “work-life balance” feels as elusive as a unicorn, but it’s an absolute necessity to ensure you are still whole and healthy by the time we get to The Other Side of the pandemic. A recent article by Rebecca Pope-Ruark in Inside Higher Ed lays out several doable strategies for college teachers managing their own stress as they tend to the needs of their students, and is worth a read. If you only have five minutes, these four questions she poses may steer you in the direction of prioritizing your own well-being:
- What fills your cup and gives you energy? What can you do from home to recreate these energizing activities or moments?
- How might you design a morning routine that eases you into work at the start of your day and an afternoon ritualthat shuts down your workday?
- What activities can you plan for the times you are “off the clock” (for example, taking a walk, doing a puzzle or paint-by-number, playing a game with your children)?
- What can you not do? What can you put on hold for the time being so that you can focus on priorities and well-being?
If you have a favorite tip for taking care of yourself in these oddest of days, the Teaching & Learning Collaborative is all ears, and happy to compile a treasure chest full of these lifesaving nuggets. Send your shareable tip(s) to Karen Eifler, email@example.com.
This is not so much a teaching tip as a snapshot of our incoming first year students. For years, Beloit College published a list of things first-year students had ALWAYS and NEVER known, to provide instructors with historical touchstones, and help us avoid making embarrassingly out-of-date pop culture references in class. The operation moved to Marist College last year and is now known as the Marist Mindset. Some highlights of this year’s list:
- The Class of 2024 will explore race relations beyond Black Lives Matter, to grasp how Whiteness has shaped bias and influence in American culture today
- The Harry Potter series has been banned somewhere in the US their entire lifetime
- The necessity of personal protective equipment (PPE) will inform fashion trends for the next couple of seasons
- They are keenly aware of major threats to the health of our society created by a global pandemic and global climate crisis, but the value and veracity of science in our national dialogue is increasingly questioned.
For this year’s full Marist Mindset list, click this link.
The Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) would like to share a teaching tip of the week with a video reflection on “What is the Core of a UP education?” (as a follow-up on the Core curriculum revitalization). For past TLC teaching tips of the week see the Teaching and Learning Hub, which also has a list of other brief teaching related videos from UP faculty for anyone looking for collegial ideas and inspiration.
With the new school year officially and remotely launched, this is a good time to make sure you know where to find answers for your teaching and learning questions, especially those related to remote instruction. Colleagues were busy throughout summer leading workshops for each other, testing out new digital tools, and sharing wisdom about self-care. This first Teaching Tip of the Week points you toward those resources, each one worth lots of poking around in while you enjoy a triple shot latte:
Moodle Basecamp for Hybrid & Online Teaching. In addition to the tools and advice, the interactive forums are live, a great way to join in conversations and pose questions about teaching online.
TLC website: The Teaching & Learning Collaborative houses practical peer-produced videos, dozens of teaching tips, links to how-to tutorials and inspirational shots in the arm to renew your dedication to your craft.
Campus Coaches: we have talented and generous colleagues willing to chat with you about tools, confidence and course design. Add your name! Suggest a friend!
TLC is listening! If there is a topic or type of support that you are not seeing, let us know, and that will be remedied. Contact Karen Eifler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with suggestions. And no, making a suggestion does not automatically mean you will be asked to lead it…but we can’t provide the right support until we know it’s missing. Please don’t suffer in silence!
In the fog of the semester, we all can use some small teaching interventions to refresh our work with students. Join Lars Larson and Jeffrey White at this TLC brown bag event on Wednesday, February 12, 11:30-12:15, in the Murphy Room as they present ten suggestions for intentional teaching drawn from a variety of practitioners and researchers in teaching and learning.
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Three new essays have been posted on the Teaching & Learning site as part of the Core Matters series, which offer richly thoughtful explanations of the role each discipline plays in our University core curriculum. Learn about a discipline you might not yet have pondered: Nicole Leupp Hanig and Mead Hunter discuss Fine Arts 207; Brad Franco explores history; and Stephanie Salomone explains the role of mathematics.
Could students in your classes use some extra assistance with finding good sources for their papers or presentations? Or maybe you would appreciate some literature searching leads for your own research project. Make an appointment using this link to meet with a librarian! Appointments are a great way for you or your students to get personalized and focused assistance with a research question. Librarians assist with questions about any aspect of the research process, including: defining a topic, choosing the best places to search, creating effective search strategies, narrowing searches, evaluating sources, accessing full text, and citing sources.
Use the online Make an Appointment system (linked from Get Help/Contact Us and many other library web pages) to see the availability of reference librarians. All the librarians assist with questions in any subject area, or use the blue “i” icon to identify and select a librarian who specializes in your discipline. Next, choose a date and time that works for you, and then fill out a brief form to tell us about your research question. After submitting the form, the appointment is automatically added to the librarian’s calendar, and both you and the librarian will receive an email confirmation.
For more information about the library’s meet with a librarian service, please contact Stephanie Michel (firstname.lastname@example.org, x7418). We hope to meet with you or your students soon!
In the fog of the current semester, we all can use some small teaching interventions to refresh our work with students. Join Lars Larson and Jeffrey White at this TLC brown bag event on Wednesday, February 12, 11:30-12:15 p.m., in the Murphy Room as they present ten suggestions for intentional teaching drawn from a variety of practitioners and researchers in teaching and learning.