Last week at a conference I learned the term “Beginner’s Mind.” I had never heard that term before but it comes from Zen Buddhism. It is the idea that as we become more expert at something, we stop seeing possibilities. We close our mind to new ways of seeing and doing–relying instead on what we… Continue Reading Beginner’s Mind
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Watching the digital dashboard after enrollment opens is especially gratifying when the numbers are ahead of last year. Take today for example, we are 565 students ahead for spring enrollment than we were on the comparable date in 2015. Comparing enrollment with the same date (yes, these are different dates) we are still 103 students… Continue Reading The Double-Edged Sword
Two weeks ago, I handed out mid-semester feedback forms to my students. They got two forms–one where they gave me feedback on my leading of the class, and one where they did some reflecting on their own success and challenges so far in the class. I think this two-part metacognitive check-in is critical. Most students… Continue Reading Using Metacognition: The Mid-semester Check-in
Scantron forms and scanners are antiquated tools still in use at NMC, but many instructors and academic areas are phasing them out in favor of newer assessment technology. During the October PD day I lead a session introducing the Teaching Assistant application, a technology already available on several campus Kyocera copiers and printers. Teaching Assistant allows you to… Continue Reading Ditch the Dinosaur: Advance your Assessment Technology
“Are we doing anything important today?” asks the early college student as she walks in to the classroom on a sunny afternoon. I am passing back assignments from last week’s class. I give her a puzzled look and ask her why she is asking the question; “well I have to leave for a cross country… Continue Reading Are We Doing Anything Important?