Teaching atMohave Community College Steve Sorden Academic Chair—Bullhead City Campus Office Phone: 928-704-9435 Cell Phone: 928-714-8314 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PREVIEW OF TODAY’S SESSION• My Campus/Angel/Jics• Email, Curriculum Resources, Forms & Rosters• Course Packages/Outlines• Syllabus Development• College Catalog Review• Campus Support Services• The First Day• Learning Centered Instruction• Classroom Conduct• Roundtable/Discussion/Q & A
MOHAVE COMMUNITY COLLEGE• YOU REPRESENT THE COLLEGE• YOU MAY BE THEIR ONLY CONNECTION!• YOU ARE PERCEIVED TO BE THE EXPERTTHE INSTRUCTOR IS THE PRIMARY CONTACT AND “FACE OF THE COLLEGE” IN THEEYES OF THE STUDENT!OUR REPUTATION AND IMAGE FOR THE COMMUNITY IS DRIVEN BY OUR STUDENTS’PERCEPTIONS AND REALITIES OF INSTRUCTION
THE COLLEGE WEBSITE• My Campus – https://mycampus.mohave.edu/web/mycampus/home• Current Schedule/Course Catalog – http://www.mohave.edu/pages/244.asp• Current Academic Calendar – http://mohave.edu/info/calendars/Academic%20Calend ar.pdf – Look at Angel – https://angel.mohave.edu/• Jics – https://jics.mohave.edu/ics/
THE COLLEGE WEBSITE, Cont’d• Employee Resources – Online Document (Forms) Repository: http://www.mohave.edu/pages/435.asp – Human Resources: http://www.mohave.edu/pages/168.asp – Curriculum Resources: http://www.mohave.edu/pages/438.asp – TSS Support: http://www.mohave.edu/pages/388.asp – Policies & Procedures Manual: http://www.mohave.edu/info/repository/P&P%20Manual.pdf – Email and Angel Access: http://mohave.edu/pages/1000.asp
COURSE SYLLABUS• All information is on the “Curriculum Resources for Faculty” page on College Website! – Course Syllabus Template—designed for easy use – Course Packages/Outlines—required integration into syllabus• Syllabus must be comprehensive in regards to: – Instructor Contact Information – Required Text/Materials for the Course – Coherent Grading Policy—late procedures/missing class – Participation Policy – Assignments/Assessments for Rigorous Academic Standards – Cell Phone Use/Class Disruptions – College Policy/Procedures , especially Student Code of Conduct• Syllabus must be posted in Angel—college email is official contact for all students at MCC, not Angel contacts.• Syllabus is a legal contract with the student.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES FOR FACULTY• Appearance• Timelines – WR1 Rosters – In Jics (email me if you don’t have any) – Add/Drop Period – FTSE Rosters – Grade Submissions – Grade Change – Class Cancellation – Student Success/Early Alert – Behavior Alert
EXPECTATIONS OF FACULTYFor All Faculty:1. Focus on Student Needs and Expectations2. Be professional and courteous to all staff, students and administration at MCC!3. Communicate Problems/Situations4. Document, Document, Document!!!!5. Be Prepared!!!! Arrive on Time!!!6. Please do not let your classes go early.
The First Day of ClassIntroduce the following items to your students:the name and number of the course, theobjectives of the course, the text(s), syllabus,the dates of all exams, and your gradingsystems. Finally take attendance to establishthat everyone there intends to be in your class.
The First Day of Class• Plan an activity that allows students to get involved immediately. It may simply be an information-gathering exercise.• Share anecdotes. Students are interested in your background and some of your course-related experiences.
The First Day of Class• Make certain you are early, at least 20 minutes before the start of the first class. If possible, greet your students as they come in the door.• Use an icebreaker. If possible, make it a question that is related to your course, but without a specific answer.• Take care of housekeeping items such as breaks and restroom locations.
The First Day of Class• Conduct a class with real course content. It is important that students immediately understand that coming to class is a work situation with specific goals and purposes.• Some successful instructors begin their first class by asking students to write a short paragraph about themselves and their concerns. Often students are willing to discuss their anxieties. This will help in understanding the class.
Characteristics of Good Teachers1. Being knowledgeable, and organized.2. Getting students actively involved in their learning.3. Helping students understand the course objectives and goals.4. Being a facilitator, not a director.5. Knowing the latest trends and technology.6. Stimulating discussion.7. Preparing professional materials and handouts.
LEARNING-CENTERED COLLEGE • The teacher is a facilitator of learning. Students do not expect teachers to know all there is to know about the subject. They do expect, however, the teacher to facilitate learning the facts and skills of the course.
LEARNING-CENTERED COLLEGE • Allow for individual differences. Every classroom will contain a diverse group of individuals. Allow for this by giving individual help, knowing students’ names, and being aware of differing backgrounds. • Vary teaching activities. Use different activities in the classroom. Try new ideas. Some recommend changing activities every 20 minutes.
LEARNING-CENTERED COLLEGE • Develop a supportive climate. Students should understand that you are there to support them in the learning process, not to prove how tough the course is. • Be sensitive to barriers. Some of the baggage students bring with them include: Unsuccessful previous educational experience, time restraints, confusion concerning college (procedures) in general, failure to understand their academic limitations, stress, physical and mental handicaps.
LEARNING-CENTERED COLLEGE • Be a learning partner. Communicate to the students that you’re are a partner in their learning. You will develop and work with them on strategy, materials, and projects that will allow them to self direct their learning experience. • Emphasize experimentation. Emphasize to the students that trying new learning techniques and making mistakes are often as valuable as reaching the right conclusion immediately.
LEARNING-CENTERED COLLEGE • Use technology to enhance learning. Know about and be able to use the latest learning technologies. • Most of all it is important that you be understanding and considerate.
Classroom Assessment Classroom Assessment techniques answer the questions: “what are students learning and how effectively am I teaching?”The minute paper :1. What is the most important thing you learned in today’s class?2. What is the most important thing the remains unanswered or leaves questions in your mind?
Classroom AssessmentThe one-sentence summary :1. Who does what to whom, when, where, how, and why?The muddiest point: Asks the students to identify what they are not getting from the class or are not understanding.
CLASSROOM STRATEGIES FOR INSTRUCTIONClarify your expectations of student behavior, conduct,participation and rigorous academic standards from the verybeginning of the course.Set a tone of respect for differences of all Individuals in thelearning environment—ethical behavior and cultural awareness.Address any breech of conduct promptly, and set clearexpectations for student interactions/behavior.Hold students accountable for their work and behavior inaccordance with college policy and procedures in the StudentHandbook.Set a positive learning environment and mirror the behavior inyour interactions with students—be constructive, not destructive.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTINGDISRUPTIVE STUDENT BEHAVIORThe instructor shall report the action to the Academic Chair anddocument in a Behavior Alert Form—found in Forms Repository.All referrals for immediate intervention will be made to StudentServices to the appropriate Campus Academic Counselor.After the Behavior Alert has been filed, the Academic Counselor,Campus Dean, and Academic Chair will assess the student’sissues and respond with an appropriate intervention.Faculty will be notified of action and will need to participate inany subsequent meetings, hearings, etc., for the process.IF ACTION IS SEVERE ENOUGH WHERE YOU ARETHREATENED OR PERSONAL INJURY MAY OCCUR TOSOMEONE, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY AND NOTIFY CAMPUSPERSONNEL!!!!!