Course Tech 2013, Beverly Amer, College Is Not High School


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Bridging the Education Gap, encouraging student engagement in a post high school setting.

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  • Experiment with 2 groups – one given solvable puzzles (when solved, promoted positive view of intelligence) – one group given puzzle with piece missing that made it unsolvable (negative self-talk that they weren’t good at the task). When second group was given the solvable problems again, they couldn’t do them
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  • Brains are more active in sleep than in class! Erik Mazur (Harvard)
  • Course Tech 2013, Beverly Amer, College Is Not High School

    1. 1. College is Not High School Bridging the Engagement Gap Beverly Amer Northern Arizona University
    2. 2. Let’s Go Back to High School!
    3. 3. Your High School Experience… In-class Time Extra credit expectations management and no late (take & personal work notes, be on responsibility? penalties? time)? Out-of-class College prep study hours? courses?
    4. 4. Your Expectations for College?
    5. 5. Today’s Freshmen… 54.7% 31% did Parent (or came to not take teacher) class late managed notes in as seniors high school schedule 60% studied 21.7% took Extra credit less than 6 5 or more was usually hours a AP courses available week
    6. 6. Their Expectations Easy to get excused absence to make up missed work Extra credit is available most of the time Attendance is encouraged but not required They will be told what to do
    7. 7. UCLA Survey says… 25% leave before sophomore year 36% have difficulty 51% feel adjusting to overwhelmed course by workload demands 39% have a hard time developing study skills 48% struggle with good time management
    8. 8. Recent Research 65% needing Predictor of HS Math remediation do success? not graduate
    9. 9. More… Fixed & dualistic Experiment on task completion
    10. 10. Bridging the Expectations Gap Survey your students • What did they experience in high school? • What do they expect college will be like? • Why are they even in college? Provide detailed policies in syllabus • Extra credit, excused absences, late work, re-work • Attendance policies and benefits • Expectations for out of class study time (hours) Scaffold good behaviors • Model good note-taking and time management • Replace information delivery with projects, current events, and hands-on applications, questions for critical inquiry • Use student mentors to help develop study skills, performance tracking
    11. 11. What About Your School’s Policies? Discuss issues with colleagues • Are they experiencing similar behaviors? • Are college policies consistent and clear? • What outreach is occurring before students arrive? Work with feeder institutions • Sponsor prep programs for high schools • Learn about school policies • Talk to your school’s admissions & orientation offices Create positive incentives • Professionalism programs • Leadership or peer mentor opportunities • Report the success of prior year students
    12. 12. Your Class?
    13. 13. Sound Familiar?
    14. 14. MIT Student Brain activity
    15. 15. Bottom Line?