Teaching Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Lisa Sheldon
February 8, 2016

It is taboo to talk about the fact that instructors’ knowledge in their disciplines may not be complete. There is an unwritten expectation that if you teach something, you know all there is about the topic. That is akin to asking a history instructor to know all of recorded history. Or, that an English professor […]

How to prepare for a new semester: The GCC checklist

by Lisa Sheldon
August 15, 2015
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The beginning of the semester can be a busy time and questions often arise about teaching and college resources. This list of links and reminders is a starting point for your semester at GCC, but can also help you plan for important activities and deadlines. ♦ Print the academic calendar with holidays, professional dates and […]

The New Semester nearly here!

by Lisa Sheldon
January 19, 2015
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The beginning of the semester can be a busy time and questions often arise about teaching and college resources. This list of links and reminders is a starting point for your semester at GCC, but can also help you plan for important activities and deadlines. ♦ Prepare your syllabus. Email a copy of the syllabus […]

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 […]

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 […]

Increasing Motivation: Let’s Go!

by Lisa Sheldon
March 28, 2014
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It has been a long winter—the cold and dark days affect motivation and commitment to academics. This is true for students and if we are honest, it is true for faculty and staff. At midpoint of the spring semester, there is a certain level of fatigue that needs to be addressed. First, let’s tackle students: […]

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 […]

Building Your Online Class

by Lisa Sheldon
August 8, 2013

Pedagogy for Online Instruction Online learning is a significantly different experience for both students and instructors. It is not a simple transfer of content and classroom activities to the virtual world. Instructors must consider how students will navigate content and engage with the learning process when that process is removed from its traditional setting. According […]

Approaches to Teaching

by admin
June 20, 2013

There is no single approach to teaching that works best. What we do in the classroom depends on who we are, who our students are, what we are teaching, and many other factors. There are some guiding principles that can help use to create the condition that support and promote learning.   Looking at this […]

Communication and Writing Resources

Using Motivational Interviewing to Communicate with Students Teachers and advisors who use motivational interviewing (MI) enhance their listening and problem-solving skills to become more effective communicators and create better rapport with students. MI has been shown as an effective method for creating dialogue, rapport and ultimately helping to motivate students. Following specific techniques and a […]