Month: October 2018

Experts in the Art of Referral: a.k.a. Faculty Advisers

 

Next Arrows Note Direction Opposed To RightAs most colleges have reached midterms, it may be helpful (and necessary) for professors to dust off their adviser hat and remember how important it is to reach out to students who are struggling–academically, or otherwise. This good article in the Chronicle reminds us of the broad, and broadening, role of faculty advisers, as “experts in the art of referral, … [who] know where on their campus a student should go and whom they should see for health, housing, career, financial-aid, work-study, campus security, and other problems.”

What Will Your Students Remember in Twenty Years?

Although sometimes it feels like it’s enough to plan for what our students will (hopefully) remember for the final exam, truly aspirational professors look far beyond, to what our students will remember when they reach mid-life. This article from Chronicle Vitae considers what is most valuable about our teaching: sometimes an approach to learning, passion for the subject, or big-picture thinking, rather than disciplinary content. The question can also animate a different way to approach our syllabi, as we reach far into the future in an exercise in way-back, backwards design. Read on for more on this intriguing way to think about student learning, and how to frame our teaching.

Survival Skills

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Educators are increasingly interested in ensuring that their students know more than subject-area content, but that they are also well-skilled in what some people call “soft skills” and Tony Wagner (Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute) calls “survival skills:”

  • critical thinking & problem solving
  • collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  • agility and adaptability
  • initiative and entrepreneurship
  • effective oral and written communication
  • accessing and analyzing information
  • curiosity and imagination

How are you encouraging your students to develop these skills within your disciplinary coursework? Do they have effective ways to show them to future employers?

Read more here.