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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 11

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!

SCENARIO #11

Sometimes students share things with you because they see you as a trustworthy person and they are worried about a friend. They don’t know what to do about a situation so they come to you for help. A student in your class, Joe, tells you that his roommate, Ben, has become totally preoccupied with Sheila, a girl he’s interested in. Joe saw Ben going through Sheila's pictures on social media, and he always wants to eat at the restaurant where she works. Joe knows Sheila from a class they had together, and she has told him she is pretty uncomfortable with all the attention from Ben. The flowers and gifts she’s getting from Ben are nice, but she already has a boyfriend, and he’s getting jealous! She’s told Ben to back off, but he’s not listening. What advice should you give Joe - should he stay out of it, or should he talk to Ben about taking a step back from the situation?

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 10

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!

 

SCENARIO #10

You are finishing up your class and several students have stayed behind to ask questions. One student, though, seems to be just waiting at his desk for something. He is shuffling papers, moving things around, not really looking like he’s getting ready to pack up and leave. You notice that there is a young woman hanging out at the door to the classroom looking at him, trying to get his attention. You recognize her as his girlfriend, but he doesn’t seem too anxious to see her. Then you realize that this has become a common event, and you get a bad feeling about this relationship. What should you do? 

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Orientation - April 2017


On April 1, 2017 the facilitators of the 5-Star Consortium Orientation met with new associate faculty from the 5-Star Colleges, Everett. Edmonds, Shoreline, Lake Washington Tech and Cascadia to share best practices for successful teaching and learning.

The goals of the Consortium are: to purposefully welcome new employees, to provide ongoing support for the work of new employees, to increase institutional scholarship, and to increase reflective practices.




During the orientation participants network with other new associates using a BINGO activity, and meet not only new faculty from other colleges but Deans and Vice Presidents (and even Presidents) who have come to show their support for the work faculty do. We always begin the session with an exercise called “Shared Expectations.” We love this activity because it immediately engages the participants in developing the culture for the day. We ask, “What can YOU do to learn best in this session and help others learn, too?” and “What can WE do as facilitators to help you learn best in this session?” This activity sets the tone for the entire morning.



Two of our faculty developers, Peg & Nataša
We let the participants know that they are not just bystanders in the learning process, but active participants, and we are listening to them! Those expectations are on display throughout the entire morning, and we refer to them no matter what the following presentations cover. We also encourage new faculty to try this in their classroom – an activity like this on the first day of class can begin building the community that we hope to achieve in our classes, and it’s certainly a lot more fun than just reviewing a syllabus! Want to know more about how to incorporate either a BINGO or shared expectations activity in your class? Just let us know! Email fivestarcolleges@gmail.com


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 9

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!

SCENARIO #9

What’s it like to be a bystander in a situation like this: You are an instructor and when you are getting lunch at the college café you see a group of students and recognize several of them from a class last quarter. These are young women who were all pretty good students in your class, so you decide to ask if you can join them at their table so you can chat and catch up with them. They are delighted to see you – except for one student who seems to be absorbed in reading her text messages. You notice out of the corner of your eye that her phone seems to be blowing up with texts from someone, possibly her boyfriend, and she looks uncomfortable or upset by the texts. You whisper to her friend sitting next to you that you are concerned, but the friend tells you that they are always fighting. What should you do?

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Friday, April 7, 2017

You Should Be Here: 2nd Annual EvCC Mentoring Conference

The 2nd Annual EvCC Mentoring Conference is happening right now! 


The Disruptive Innovation Mentoring group from EvCC has an entire day full of sessions to encourage, motivate and engage everyone attending today! There are opportunities to network, a phenomenal keynote speaker, and of course lunch!

YOU SHOULD BE HERE!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 8

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!

SCENARIO #8

You have a student that you look forward to seeing every day because she is so engaged and engaging. She is cheerful and well-organized, and has articulated her dream of being a chemist. She stops by your office at least once a week just to say hi, and recently you learned that she is a first generation college student who is also married, and is not getting a lot of support from her husband or family. Today when she entered your classroom, not only was she 10 minutes late, but was clearly upset about something. Not good, because today was the first exam, and you wanted all the students to have the entire class period to complete the exam. When she entered and took a seat at the back of the room, you took a copy of the exam to her seat, and what you saw was very disturbing: bruises on her arms and what appeared to be a black eye covered with makeup. She didn’t make eye contact with you when you gave her the exam. What should you do?


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If you'd like someone from the 5 Star Consortium to follow up with you regarding this scenario, please email fivestarcolleges@gmail.com

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why I Read Blogs



Why I Read Blogs – Keeping Up with the Latest in Educational Blogs
by Peg Balachowski, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning
 
If you are reading this post, then you are a blog reader. As defined by Wikipedia, “A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts").”



This blog, the The 5-Star Consortium, is written by members of the 5-Star Consortium College’s professional developers group, and is regularly updated with posts on a variety of topics including “What Would You Do Wednesday?” with classroom management scenarios that are all based on real situations. Other topics have included growth mindset and formative assessments. 

Why do I read blogs? My office bookshelves are crammed full of scholarly works that I keep meaning to read. At times it seems overwhelming – the thought of getting through several hundred pages of scholarly texts in a short amount of time (i.e. in addition to an already lost list of things to do) makes me a bit crazy. But blogs? I can get through them pretty quickly. They are meant to be short (mostly) and offer a variety of viewpoints. 

Here is a sampling of the blogs that I read with the title of the most recent post. I hope you enjoy reading them. 


Using an accessible syllabus to create an inclusive classroom: As we reach the end of one academic quarter and prepare for the next here at EvCC, you may find yourself thinking about updating the syllabus for one or more of the courses you’ll be teaching. Revisiting a syllabus is always a good opportunity to make some simple changes that can dramatically improve its accessibility. (Full disclosure – I am one of the contributors to this blog!)


High impact practices: Last month, I was at a meeting on my campus regarding High-Impact Educational Practices, where the discussion centered around the need to incorporate more of these practices into students’ educational experience.


How do students learn from participation in class discussion? Despite numerous arguments favoring active learning, especially class discussion, instructors sometimes worry that discussion is an inefficient or ineffective way for students to learn. What happens when students make non-value added, irrelevant, or inaccurate contributions?


Learning outside your comfort zone: When we learn something outside the comfort zone, we attempt to acquire knowledge or skills in an area where we’re lacking. Part of the discomfort derives from learning something we anticipate will be difficult. We have no idea how to do it, or we think it requires abilities we don’t have or have in meager amounts.

Find Open Access Articles Faster with UnPayWall: Have you heard of Unpaywall? It is a free Chrome/Firefox extension that helps you quickly find open access versions of articles you’re searching for.
Which of these is your favorite? Do you have blogs that you would suggest? We’d love to hear from you!