Top 5 Things You Can Do This Summer to Prepare for Fall Teaching
1. Read “One Easy Way Faculty Can Improve Student Success”
. Looking for one high-impact change to your teaching? This short article summarizes an easy way for faculty to increase learning, quality of student work, motivation, confidence and sense of belonging. Making assignments and courses more “transparent” to students, meaning that the purpose, task, and criteria are made clear, can make a big difference.
2. Review your TQFRs.
Let’s face it, most of us dread reading our TQFRs - even the best teachers might have a dissenter with complaints. However, reading your students feedback and comments is a starting point for making a better classroom.
Tip: The CTLO can help interpret comments and suggest actions that will make the most difference based on educational research in your discipline. Contact the CTLO to set up a TQFR-based consultation this summer!
3. Look over your Fall course syllabus.
Have students asked for more clarity? Is there something that’s stale that could use a revamp? Check out the course learning outcomes – are students meeting them? Alternatively, could your course be tweaked to give yourself some room to be more pedagogically adventurous?
Tip: Enroll in the Faculty Summer Short Course this summer – 4 sessions in which we’ll give you tools and strategies for (re)designing your class.
4. Set one teaching goal for 2016-17.
This isn’t as bad as making New Year’s Resolutions: decide on one goal for an upcoming class to make it more enjoyable and productive for you and your students. Perhaps include more active learning, or encourage student engagement in new ways? Alternatively, is there a new technology that you’ve been wanting to try (or a technology that you would love to get rid of)?
Tip: Find out more about the CTLO’s Active Learning Kits, which you can use in your classes. Each kit includes 4 mini projectors and removable, erasable whiteboards. Ask us about iPads and other technology, too!
5. Share your science by guest teaching at our Community Science Academy.
Share your work with an audience of enthusiastic high school teachers and students by guest lecturing at the CTLO’s Community Science Academy this summer, a hands-on science teaching center promoting research in areas relevant to community needs.
Tip: Contact Mitch Aiken to be part of CSA!