Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
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SC 133 Feedback on Student Work

Good Feedback on Student Work
Notes from Podcast #133

THE GRADING SERIES

Podcast # 132 / More Efficient Grading
Podcast # 133 / Good Feedback on Student Work
Podcast # 134 / Coordinating Class Assignments to Manage Your Workload
Podcast # 135 / Grade Appeals and Managing Your Grade Book

Student Caring Moment

Situation: A students comes into your office, during office hours. They explain that they are not doing well in your course and also reveal that they are having personal difficulties and explain what they are.

Our opinions:

  • Ask yourself: "What are my responsibilities to my college?"
  • Talk to your department chair or dean to discover what your responsibilities are.
  • This is really 2 separate situations. First, their academic standing in your class and second, to make them aware of professional services available for them.
  • Academic standing: Explain to them where they are at in your course and their options for improving their grade, or not.

Feedback on student work.

  • Creating a feedback loop between you and each student can be very advantageous.
  • David creates regular assignments called WorkNotes where the student is given an opportunity to ask questions in addition to answering questions about the reading  / topic for that class.
  • A feedback loop, in writing, gives the shy student an regular opportunity to ask their question.
  • This is opposite of the autopsy method of grading. Why the student failed.
  • Over time, this reveals information for us modify and revise our courses.

 

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SC 132 More Efficient Grading

More Efficient Grading
Notes from Podcast #132

THE GRADING SERIES

Podcast # 133 / Good Feedback on Student Work
Podcast # 134 / Coordinating Class Assignments to Manage Your Workload
Podcast # 135 / Grade Appeals and Managing Your Grade Book

Student Caring Moment

Situation: A student, who was doing well along the way, toward the end of the term is failing your class. The next semester they are on the edge of academic probation. After a confidential meeting, you learn that they are experiencing significant difficulties in their personal life that are causing their grades to drop. You are charged with the task of helping them.

Our opinions:

  • Connect with them on a human level. Take the time to really listen to your student before offering advice about their next steps.
  • Investigate the possibility of a medical withdrawal if your university offers one.
  • Consider giving them an incomplete grade, but weigh that with your workload.

Tips for more efficient grading.

  • One of Daniel’s colleagues discovered a feature in the popular  Turn It In dot Comtii-logo service that reveals if your student has read your grading comments or not.
  • Only one-third of the students were looking at the comments.
  • Self talk: Is there anything we are doing that’s encouraging this behavior?
  • When students see a large amount of comments they are overwhelmed and don’t know how to process it. This is not helpful to the student.
  • It may be more efficient for you to give the student 2 or 3 things that you would like them to concentrate on.
  • This is a teaching strategy that moves away from direction and correction toward evaluation, coaching, and encouraging.

 

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Daniel & David

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SC 131 This Noble Profession - Before You Walk into the Classroom

Before You Walk Into the Classroom
For the First Time

This Noble Profession / Before You Walk Into the Classroom/ Notes from Podcast #131

Tips for your first day of teaching.

  • You need to have a game plan for your first day. The first day is really important.
  • Run through your class the night before so can get a sense of how it actually takes. Over preparing is a good approach, that way you'll always have enough materiel.
  • As you are teaching, be aware of time. David likes to have a clock in the back of the room.
  • Rest assured:
    • The students are nervous too!
    • You know more than any of the students in the class.
  • Talk to somebody else who has been teaching there awhile and ask:
    • "What are the kinds of things I can expect on the first day of class?"
  • On the first day, you are setting a "tone." Think about what "tone" you want to set. Are you seeking a relaxed learning environment, a rigourous course, a community?
  • YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE SYLLABUS TO THEM ON THE FIRST DAY. Apologies for the CAPS, we feel strongly about this. The students will think, "What, I can't read?!"
  • Think about:
    • What do I want to present about myself?
    • What do I want to present about my subject?
  • The first day you walk into the classroom should not be the first day you walk into the classroom.
    • Get in there ahead of time and understand how the technology works.
    • Become comfortable with the environment of your classroom.
  • Arrive early on the first day. The students are expecting you to be the host as you welcome them into your academic home.
  • Find your self-confident mode.

We wish you all the best as you begin your teaching careers!

Colleagues - WELCOME!

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SC 130 This Noble Profession - New Faculty Orientation

 

Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation
Day One

New Faculty Orientation/ Notes from Podcast #130

Here's what we expect you will experience as part of your orientation. (By the way, all of this is overwhelming.)

  • Office set up
  • Human resources forms
  • Policies and procedures
  • University expectations
  • You will meet many new people, some of them will be important to you and some not.

Faculty Orientation Tips

  • How do you decide what's important?
    • If it is on a handout, its important, keep it!
    • Take thorough notes, especially about who does what.
  • Don't be overly concerned about the common human resources education that you will encounter. You can expect some of these:
    • Multi cultural awareness
    • (Anti) Sexual harassment training
  • Know that you will need to sign something that says you know this information.
  • When Daniel went through this at his college, he was fingerprinted.
  • This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people, especially all of the people who are starting at the same time you are.
  • In these large meetings, you can meet people from other areas of the campus which will give you a sense of the bigger picture.

Daniel tells a particularly interesting Chicago story. (You'll have to listen to the podcast to get the full benefit of this one.)

 

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Next in this series:  Podcast #131. Before you walk into the classroom for the first time...

 

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