Mentoring

Activities- Suggested mentor activities to use with mentees that will maximize their experience during their first year.

Activities 2- More suggested activities in a checklist format for good mentoring when working with mentees. 

Blocks to Developing Trust- Factors that influence poor communication, and should be kept in mind and avoided in order to increase effective communication between mentors and mentees.

Characteristics of a MentorCharacteristics of a good mentor, and should be practiced in the mentor-to-mentee relationship.

Classroom Management Strategies for Difficult Students (AMLE)- Strategies to consider when dealing with difficult students, Strategies focus around building relationships with students, which is key for student success.

 

Conversation Maps- Agenda for planning conversations between mentor and mentee, as well as a reflecting conversation map to use during conversations.

 

Exploring the Scholarship of Teaching (JSTOR)- An article that presents a model of the scholarship of teaching, which is based from a theoretical standpoint.

 

Faculty Mentoring Faculty (American Psychological Association)- Article on the increase of faculty mentoring other faculty and the importance of making connections.

 

Mentoring: A Personal Perspective (North Carolina State University)- An article about an experienced and new teacher’s mentoring relationship during a semester of teaching the same course.

 

Mentoring New Faculty: Advice to Department Chairs (University of Washington)- Although this article is directed for department chairs, mentors should consider the suggestions in this article for their mentees. There is valuable insight on how mentors can effectively help their mentees.

 

PowerPoint- A PowerPoint that discusses the reasons for mentoring, characteristics of mentors, and the roles that mentors play while assisting their mentees.

 

Selecting Mentors- Qualities that effective mentors should possess.

 

Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (University of South Carolina)- Discusses seven important principles in undergraduate education that should be discussed between mentor and mentee to ensure all students are receiving an exceptional school experience.

 

Should I be a Mentor?- A checklist that evaluates mentor qualities, and should be considered when becoming a mentor.

 

Understanding Adult Learners (Michigan State University)-Discusses key factors on understanding adult learners. When working together as mentor and mentee, it is important to remember how adults learn in order to establish the best mentor/mentee experience.

Teaching and Learning Resources

Resources for the Teaching and Learning Process
The Teaching Professor

This will provide resources to use in the classroom to increase the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process.

teachingprofessor.com 

Categorizing several topics for teaching and learning, The Teaching Professor offers great insight on effective teaching and learning. 

Technology

Technology Integration
This is Just Cool!

Occasionally, we find resources that are exciting, innovative, and educational. Let us know if you have something you think is just cool!

Quandary

Quandary is an application for creating interactive case-studies. The user can create Web-based Action Mazes for problem-solving, diagnosis, surveys, etc. Check it out!  

Quandary    

TK20

The university is studying the components of Tk20 that can help us collect and use data to inform us on what is working and what needs to be refined. This tool helps with collecting data for reports such as SACS. West College of Education has been using this tool since the beginning of last semester.

One of Tk20's products, CampusTools CampusWide is a comprehensive assessment and reporting system for collecting and managing your program, departmental, and institutional data, both academic and non-academic, for the measurement of accountability, institutional effectiveness, and for accreditation.

  • CampusWide lets you collect all your data systematically, plan your assessments, compare them against specified outcomes/objectives, and generate detailed reports for compliance, analysis, and program improvement.

Tk20 

Useful Websites for Technology Integration
Using a Digital Camera in the Classroom
Ideas
Additional Uses
  • Assist in a variety of ways with the learning of other languages

  • Assist in the introduction of disabled students into mainstream classes

  • Collect video of authentic workplace situations that can be analyzed in math or statistics classes

  • Compile still images over a long period to produce time lapse movies

  • Create learning resource video clips (for use by students or the professional development of staff

  • Develop greater critical literacy skills by comparing television or movie segments with own creations

  • Increase student awareness of manipulative techniques used in advertising

  • Preparation of mini documentaries, interviews or news reports

  • Prepare educational segments on safety issues (e.g. on roads, in playground, at home)

  • Record and analyze student or teacher presentations

  • Record school performances, excursions, special events, field trips, visits by specialists, etc.

  • Record students role playing difficult social situations

  • Show skills that are quicker to learn by observation (e.g. sewing a French seam)

  • Use frame by frame analysis techniques to accurately record rapid change in experiments or sport

  • Use frame grabbing software to record and analyze critical events

  • View difficult, dangerous or expensive experiments or activities (recorded with specialists)

(Adapted from DIGITAL VIDEO IN EDUCATION)

Example Videos

There are so many videos available that demonstrate how digital cameras can be used in the classroom. If you would like to see a digital video being used for a particular subject, assignment, lesson, etc., contact Brittany Lankford.                                     

Text Resources

Library Resources

To this end, the TLRC sponsors many events throughout the academic year and maintains a library in Bridwell 101 that is full of valuable teaching resource books.

Books in the collection include:

  • How College Affects Students by Ernest Pascarella and Patrick Terenzini;
  • Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth Barkley;
  • and Beyond the Ivory Tower: Social Responsibilities of the Modern University by Derek Bok.

The following resources should be of interest to all professors, both new and seasoned.