As we wrap up the school year and head into our summer projects and preparation for fall (hopefully after taking some time off) we asked our friend and productivity techie Jenel Cavazos some questions about the kinds of tools that she favors for keeping organized, scheduling, and communicating. Here is what she had to say!
Guest Contributor: Dr. Brian Day, Butler University
My charge is to write something of a reflection about my first year as a tenure-track faculty member. As I sit here, on the same day I submitted my final grades for the spring semester, officially done with my first year, my viewpoint is not one of backward-looking reflection, but rather forward-looking excitement. Alas, some reflection is in order, especially to explain why I am so excited for the future.
Guest Contributor: Dr. Bob DuBois, Waukesha County Technical College
In 2009, I attended my first National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) and started thinking deeply about how to transform students to lifelong learners. As a result, my students, colleagues, and I will never be the same. In 10 years, the drive to incorporate the science of learning into my teaching has prompted a campus lifelong learning book club, a series of four student workshops, two full-day professional development in-services, and numerous professional keynote presentations, workshops, and seminars. And, of course, I attend NITOP every year.
Initiating a Lifelong Learning Book Club helped initiate discussions across my campus about the science of teaching and learning. It even convinced some to abandon popular myths about learning (e.g., learning styles). Each semester, we read, reflect on, and discuss at least one current book. We began with Daniel Willingham’s book, Why Don’t Students Like School? and as of this spring, we have read 21 books, including, for example: