Sept 2008

SHOUT OUT

John Amin, Professor Emeritus, receives a Shout Out for all his work with the Peace Through Business Program.

Kevin O’Hara of the Lisle, IL Program Center receives a Shout Out for being incredibly dedicated, for being one of the first to volunteer when needed, and for upholding our mission statement in every way!

*Send Shout Out nominations to Jennifer Luzar.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 18-22, 2008:  The Lilly North Teaching and Learning Conference in Traverse City, MI.  For conference information, or to locate a conference near you, visit this site.

October 9, 2008:  Faculty Development Day at the Midland campus

May 22-24, 2009:  Northwood’s First Teaching Academy at NADA in Midland, MI.  Space is limited to 25 participants.  Contact Jennifer Luzar for information on attending/presenting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Check out the instructor Blackboard organization, LEAF Pile.  Once in Blackboard, click on “my orgs”.  Scroll all the way to the bottom where you’ll see LEAF Pile.  Visit frequently for tips and announcements. 

CONTRIBUTIONS & SUGGESTIONS

The Faculty Development Team wants to hear from you.  Contact us with contributions and suggestions:

Howard Borck, TX
Justin Harmon, FL
Jennifer Luzar, UC
Stacy Romanchuk, MI

NEXT MONTH'S TOPIC:
Using Questions Effectively

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. –Japanese Proverb

 

 

The First Class: Creating a Culture for Learning

By Stacy Romanchuk, Faculty Development Director for MI

Do first impressions last a lifetime?  If this is even partially true we can bet they last ten weeks!  Creating a positive class climate for learning begins with the first class. Anxiety, for both students and faculty, is a big part of this first meeting.  Some professors simply hand out the syllabus during the first class to postpone or avoid this feeling.  Don’t waste such a positive opportunity!  Using the entire class time for this first meeting can set the standard for all that is to come during the term.  This initial class should serve as an introduction to

  • YOU - expertise/teaching philosophy/pedagogy
  • EACH OTHER- name/major/question
  • COURSE – syllabus/schedule/textbook

Like any first impression, the initial activity should make a statement.  Ice-breakers or warm ups get students involved with each other in a fun way.  These activities can also include you! Join in!  Have some fun! By joining in during the initial activity you send the message to students that you will be an active member of the class, and as I always tell my students, “I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t be willing to do myself.”  Communication, collaboration, and engagement are the makings of a great class, and ice breakers can set the stage.

Visit these great websites for Ice-Breakers:
http://www.group-games.com/games-by-type/
http://www.icebreakers.ws/

IN YOUR WORDS

By Debby Simonton, Adjunct Accounting Instructor in MI

I’ve always been eager to jump in on the first day and “teach something”.  I teach Accounting, a very scary class for many students. This year I’m planning to introduce them to some everyday items that will help make Accounting a little more relatable.  Those items include a laundry basket, mismatched socks, a bar of soap, bananas, cookies, body wash, body lotion and body spritz – (all one scent, very important),  and of course – an elephant.  For students, Accounting is filled with new information.  The terminology, statements, processes, something called debits, and those nasty journal entries – all things the students aren’t familiar with in most cases.  Students need something that will give them a point of reference.  For example – the bar of soap.  On day one, we’ll talk about how the first time you take the bar out the logo is clear, the edges are well defined – it’s new.  Then we talk about how that soap will change after each shower.  After the first shower it still looks pretty good, still very useful, but not “new” anymore.  A month later, you can no longer see the logo, but the soap still does the job.  Another month and the soap might be looking pretty sad.  Might be time to replace it.  We can equate this to depreciation.  While we don’t jump into depreciation on day 1 the seed has been planted and when we do hit that topic we can resurrect it and they already have a foundation that we can build upon.  So what’s the other stuff for?  You’ll have to come to my class to find out!

SET THE TONE USING BLACKBOARD

By Marcella Matzke

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