Making your classroom LGBTQ-friendly

by Lisa Sheldon
May 4, 2015

Bruce Jenner’s recent interview with Diane Sawyer has brought the issue of LGBTQ people around the country and world into the spotlight in a new way. Perhaps it has prompted you to think about how to create an atmosphere of trust, respect, tolerance and comfort for all students in your classes and the wider GCC […]

The Teaching Marathon: Training and Re-Training

by Lisa Sheldon
April 20, 2015
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Teaching is like training for a marathon. Just as the runner is trying to get stronger and faster, the teacher is looking to communicate better and increase what students learn. There are the hours of practice and preparation, trying new techniques and tools and figuring out what to do when things go wrong. And, things […]

Stimulating Discussions

by Lisa Sheldon
December 1, 2014
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Let’s Discuss Class Discussions Whether we teach online or in-person, we know the value that stimulating classroom discussions can have on student learning. It is an opportunity for students to practice concepts, get clarification and apply new ideas. Getting discussions started and maintaining momentum can be a challenge. We might also have a core group […]

Facing Mid-semester Doldrums with new Ideas

by Lisa Sheldon
October 31, 2014
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At the mid-semester point, we can start to see and feel fatigue setting in for both our students and ourselves. Finding that spark of creativity and enthusiasm can bring our classes to life and give us the energy to finish the semester as strong as we began. It can be as simple as new discussion […]

5th Annual New England Conference for Student Success at UMass

by Lisa Sheldon
September 19, 2014

Teaching for Student Success The demand for technological competencies is expanding in higher education. From blended and fully on-line classes, to flipped classes, MOOCs and SPOCs, instructors have a variety of options to consider. As the impact of technology increases, however, it also invites us to reconsider past and current practices. How do we know what […]

Fall Semester at GCC: Welcome back!

by Lisa Sheldon
August 18, 2014
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As we start making plans for our classes and our students, we have to admire how much has changed in a few short months. During the summer GCC has been thriving, growing and moving in exciting directions. The commitment to students, staff, faculty and the community remains strong, but the tools that allow us to […]

The end of another academic year!

by Lisa Sheldon
May 12, 2014

Here we are in the last week of classes and starting final exams. While it is easy to let off the accelerator a little bit, this is the time to put all our efforts into the final lap around the track. Role model the behaviors and attitudes that you want to see from your students–help […]

Must have skills: Quantitative Reasoning & Critical Thinking

by Lisa Sheldon
April 18, 2014

Believe it or not, the end of the semester is the ideal time to think about course design and re-design. You are in a position to take advantage of your recent teaching experience, feedback from students and new ideas that have emerged during the past months. One of the goals for your work on course […]

Spring Semester: Let’s Get Started!

by Lisa Sheldon
January 14, 2014

What an electrifying time of year— a new year and the start of a new semester! The next two weeks are sure to be filled with excitement and questions. Don’t worry! There are many resources to help you be successful in the classroom, with your advisees and colleagues. Maybe you are teaching a new course […]

Wrapping up the Semester

by Lisa Sheldon
December 6, 2013
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At the end of the semester we are often preoccupied with crossing the finish line and getting grades submitted. We may overlook opportunities to wrap up the semester in a meaningful way for both our students and ourselves.  Faculty struggle over what has been left out and how to make sense of all the ground […]