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Supplemental Instruction Guide


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Supplemental Instruction Guide

  1. 1. Supplemental Instruction 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM GUIDE
  2. 2. What is Supplemental Instruction? • Voluntary assistance Program • Help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses (from F’s .... to A) • Is not remedial program • SI supports: • High risk courses > High risk students SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  3. 3. • Reduce rates of attrition within targeted historically difficult courses • Improve student grades in targeted historically difficult course • Increase the graduation rates of students Threefold Purposes of SI to... SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  4. 4. Teacher’s Role Supplemental Instruction Leader’s Role Graduate Assistant/ Teacher’s Assistant Role SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  5. 5. Position SI Leader GA/TA (Graduate Assistant/Teacher’s Assistant) Characteristic Model Student Content Specialist Status Peer Academic Elite Goal Lead students to succeed Teach subject matter Mode Group participation/Collaborative Learning Passive learning in response to instructor’s queries Orientation Student-oriented Professor-Oriented Instructional Duties Lead group - leaves teaching to professor Re-lectures/Re-teach group
  6. 6. What is the difference between SI and tutors? SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  7. 7. SI TUTORING FOCUS Support a specific course (ASL 1 & II: Sign Language) Center on particular subject (BIOLOGY) GROUP SIZE Group Sessions 1:1 APPROVAL Requires faculty recommendations and instructor’s approval Not mandated for instructor’s approval EXPERIENCE Demonstrate course competency Not mandated ATTENDANCE Mandated for Class attendance Not mandated for class attendance LEARNING STYLE Collaborative Learning Tutor do most of talking (Passive learning) LOCATION Held in individual classroom Held in department office INSTRUCTIONAL MODE SI leader prepares in advance and implements in session plans that follow the course lecture. Student explain where they are with the lecture and what course material they would like to tackle TRAINING Extensive & mandatory training Not necessary required
  8. 8. Will I have to change my teaching style? • No, it’s not our intention to dictate how you should teach your class. • SI leader will support your teaching. SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  9. 9. Will SI Leaders just help students complete their homework? • SI Leaders do not facilitate the study groups so students can complete homework together, write groups, papers, or complete take-home exams. • SI Leaders’ intentions is to supplement what the students do on their own time. • SI Leader is to help the students to figure out to how to do it successfully on their own. SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  10. 10. What does SI Leader do in my class? The SI Leader’s class attendance has twofold purposes: First Purpose is: • To model effective classroom behavior by arriving on time, listening, taking copious lecture notes, reading assigned chapters prior to lecture, completing required assignment and observing what’s happening in the classroom. SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  11. 11. What does SI Leader do in my class? The SI Leader’s class attendance has twofold purposes: Second Purpose is: • To gather information which will help him/her gain sense of what you expect form your students regarding the concepts and ideas you emphasize in lecture. It also help the SI Leader to process the information he/she will use during SI session. SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE 1 2 3 4 5
  12. 12. What is the SI Leader NOT permitted to do? Answer the questions you ask in class • Make copies • Distribute exams and graded papers Lecture and participate to determine grades for students 1 2 3 4 5 Corrects •Grades •Exams •Papers SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  13. 13. 1 2 3 4 5 • What goes on during SI sessions? • One hour meeting includes • Review of lecture • Assigned readings • Group work • Discussion • Problem-Solving • Critical thinking activities • Mock Exam ** SI Leaders will never structure SI sessions as a forum to re-lecture to students who missed class.** SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  14. 14. • Are SI Leaders teachers? • No, they are undergraduate/graduate students. • Their role is to lead small group study sessions in effort to help others learn how to be good students in the class. • The goal of the SI leader is to help students figure how to learn the lesson, not teach the lesson. 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  15. 15. Criteria for becoming SI Leader: SI Leaders must meet the following qualifications: •Second semester sophomore, junior, or senior •A undergraduate or graduate student for at least one year •3.0 GPA minimum •Grade of B or better in the selected course •References from department or faculty •Good interpersonal and communication skills •Completion of SI training •Successful interview with the TIP Instructional Supervisor and committee 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  16. 16. Can the extra credit to be given for SI attendance? No, some students may not attend due to schedule conflicts. 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  17. 17. How can students find SI sessions? Supplemental Instruction Leaders make: • Introductory SI announcements • Distribute program brochure/flyer with their contact information • Make weekly announcements for reminders of session and offer “teasers for SI session activities. • Use Starfish to sign up for sessions 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  18. 18. • How are the SI Leaders trained? • Each semester, SI Leaders are mandated to attend intensive two-day SI training before the start of the term. • Training topics are to be covered.... 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  19. 19. SI Training Topics:  The roles of the SI Leader  Developing working relationships with faculty  Planning & conducting SI Sessions  SI sessions samples & Demonstrations  Study skills assessment and collaborative learning techniques  Public speaking: SI announcements in the classroom  Policies & Policies: SI Sessions  Evaluation Procedures
  20. 20. 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE Additionally, the SI Leaders will receive in-service training (bi-weekly meeting) to discuss about: • Building rapports with students • Group facilitation and leaderships • Communication, the art of persuasion and public speaking • Assisting students in the development and integration of skills, and many more...
  21. 21. SI Leader’s responsibilities: •Prepare SI sessions •No homework and/or graded projects may be worked on during SI sessions without approval from instructors/faculty. •If no students show for SI session, SI Leader is required to stay for the entire hour. •Obtain attendance sheets to SI supervisor: Sanremi LaRue •Submit the SI session attendance via Starfish. 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  22. 22. • For attendance, SI Leaders are not permitted to release the information to faculty/instructor. • To know the depth of student’s attendance, please see the TIP Instructional Supervisor due to confidentiality. 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE
  23. 23. If any concerns regarding to SI Leaders, please communicate with: • Sanremi LaRue ( • Linda Williams ( 1 2 3 4 5 SI PROGRAM FACULTY GUIDE