Establishing the environment where students can succeed is a key factor in the first week of class. At yesterday’s Faculty Focus plenary session on “Power, Privilege, and Inequality”, a common theme in the group report-backs was learning more about students so we can treat them as individuals. This is a major factor in establishing a positive learning environment, but it is important to realize that there is no simple formula to accomplish this. From the student’s perspective, if every instructor began with the same introductory exercise, the entire effort would quickly be stripped of its authenticity. Part of the challenge is to integrate aspects of your specific class into the community building strategies you employ.
This Fall TLC will host a series of informal conversations related to the ideas and initiatives that are essential to learning at the highest level. The first topic will be “The First Week of Class”–and we will do this, well, the 2nd week of class :). This will be a time to share succesess and concerns, to learn from colleagues about best practices and to trouble-shoot how to do it better the next time. The conversations are scheduled for Noon-1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 27 and from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Both meetings will be held in GHL 207.