Teaching tips & more!
The C.A.T.s Came Back
In honour of Fred Penner‘s recent appearance at the Peterborough Folk Fest, it’s time for the C.A.T.s to come back to The Teaching Hub. Classroom Assessment Techniques (C.A.T.s) help you to find out if what you are doing in your class is working. We have a nice little collection of C.A.T.s and other ideas on these active learning cards. You can print them or go pick up the nice, shiny laminated versions from the library (they are in the reserve section. Just ask). They should give you lots of ideas as you plan your upcoming lessons. Now that we have that out of the way, do you think it’s weird that Fred Penner seemed perplexed when asked if he would approve of a heavy metal cover band called Shred Penner?
Using the technology without it using us!
Our learning technology tip of the week is about how to use the D2L Attendance Tool. But before telling you how to use something, we always like to be annoying and ask you why you want to use it. Maybe you are required to take attendance. Maybe not. Either way, we think that having a little think about why or why not to take attendance is a chance to help you form a little bit more of your own personal teaching philosophy. What an opportunity! Once you’ve decided, you can choose to go here to learn to use the attendance tool OR you can go here where you will not learn how to use the D2L attendance tool.
Helping you navigate the inner workings of the college.
Class Absence Procedure
Speaking of attendance, please take the following steps as a way to familiarize yourself with the Fleming College Class Absence Operating Procedure.
- Watch the 1986 Film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- Review the procedure.
- Turn to your partner and discuss whether you think Ferris’s absence was Sanctioned, Planned, or Unexpected.
- Be prepared for any Ferris Bueller reference you make in class to return the same blank stares you see in the video above as most of your students will not have seen the film.
Stuff to tell your students!
Serve up an ACE
If you were to let your students know about this week’s Trickle Down thing, you just might become associated in their brains with snacks, prizes, and success. All very good things. So please go ahead and let them know about the Ace It event hosted by the library. While snacking and winning prizes, students will hear tell of the things that have helped past students be successful at college. You can direct students to this page to register for the event which takes place on Tuesday, September 10th from 4-6 p.m. at Sutherland. Stay tuned for the Frost version in a few weeks.
Keeping It Professional
Professional learning opportunities!
An Inclusive Offer!
Local rock star Joanna Hodge has shared an open learning opportunity with us that she is excited about. It’s a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education from Coursera. We are all interested in providing instruction to as wide a range of abilities as possible so, if you have room on your plate, here is a chance to learn some inclusive design strategies. You are invited to audit the course for free. They hit you up for payment only if you want a shiny certificate of your learning at the end. If you join the course, keep us posted on what you learn!