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A presentation designed to orient new faculty to the learning needs and interests of graduate and continuing education students at Emmanuel College.

A presentation designed to orient new faculty to the learning needs and interests of graduate and continuing education students at Emmanuel College.

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    • Graduate and Professional Programs: Preparing to Teach
    • Agenda
      • GPP Course Format Overview
      • Thought Experiment
      • Tips: The First Day
      • Tips: Weekly Preparation
    • Format
      Accelerated
      • Seven week terms
      • Students take one course at a time
      • Courses require pre-work (bring assignment to first session)
      Oriented Toward The Needs of Adult Learners
      • Face-to-face courses meet 6:00-10:00 once a week
      • Programs also offered in online format
    • Thought Experiment
      Imagine
      Many of your students are returning to school for the first time in years. You may also be new to teaching.
      As you walk into the first day of class, what are you feeling? … How about your students? What strategies could you use to accentuate positive and mitigate the negative feelings?
    • Thought Experiment
      Imagine
      You and your students are coming to class after a full day at work. The class lasts from 6:00 to 10:00 in the evening.
      How might this affect the students’ ability to learn? … Your ability to teach? What could you do to help everybody get the most out of the experience?
    • Thought Experiment
      Imagine
      Your “students” are adults. They have years of experience with life and work.
      How might this influence the approach you take in your teaching? … How you interact with your students?
    • Andragogy vs. Pedagogy
      Adults
      • Want to know the reason for learning
      • Learn best by drawing on prior experience (even errors)
      • Want to help set the direction for their learning
      • Are most interested in things of immediate relevance to work and/or personal lives
      • Prefer problem-centered over content-oriented learning
      • Respond better to internal versus external motivators
      Malcolm Knowles (1968)
    • Teaching in the GPP
      Recommendations
      • Start with what they know, build from there
      • Ask questions and elicit thoughts before lecturing
      • Break long presentations up into 15-20 minute chunks
      • Vary the texture of class by interspersing mini-lectures with discussions, case studies, debates, group work, simulations, and other active learning strategies
      • Take time to “check the temperature” by eliciting feedbackand adapt your lesson plan accordingly. What concepts are clear to all? What are the muddiest points for them?
    • The First Day
      Tips
      • Involve the students (introductions, ice breakers)
      • Reveal something about yourself, including professional experience relevant to the course
      • Identify the value and importance of the subject (especially why you value the subject)
      • Establish climate and routine (chair arrangement, breaks, etc.)
      • Set expectations and provide administrative information by reviewing the syllabus
      • Introduce the subject
      Adapted from Dee Fink, University of Oklahoma
    • Tips for Weekly Preparation
      Questions to Consider
      • What has been most challenging for the students so far?
      • How might you adapt the lesson plan to meet the needs of this particular group?
      • How does the work for this week build upon that for the previous week (and foreshadow work to come)? What can you do to help students know where they are in this learning process?
      • What are the opportunities for incorporating student voices and work into the learning experience?
    • Questions? Comments?
      Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D.Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs
      matthewsdenataleg@emmanuel.edu
      617.264.7763