(Sep) Preparation for meeting material:
Sep 12 Meeting Minutes: link
12 Strategies for Communicating “Care” to Your Students
- Get to know the students’ names
- Use name tents so you can call on students by name (and learn names)
- Use the student’s name when communicating in Catcourses (e.g., giving feedback)
- Utilize a needs assessment or Getting-to-Know-You Survey at the beginning of the semester – incorporate information about the group/students into your lessons. (could use a clicker activity in-class and share results so students get to know the group) or a Qualtrics survey within Catcourse – then share results in class.
- Mandatory office hours within the first weeks of the semester (10-15 min).
- Virtual office hours – increasing availability
- Incorporate a short “break” in the middle of class – this allows students an opportunity to ask you questions.
- Ask for student participation from a particular part of the room. Rotate this throughout the class session.
- Indicate you would like to hear from someone who hasn’t yet shared in class.
- Provide prompt feedback (especially on the first assignments); personalize this and provide instructive/corrective feedback (i.e., point out something they did well and one way they can improve).
- Use the home page in Catcourses to post announcements and “resources” on campus if they need additional support.
- Establish “norms of communication” for onsite and online behavior at the beginning of the semester; state these positively (e.g., When entering the classroom, put your phone on vibrate; show respect for others; be responsible for your own learning and the learning of others; be on time and prepared for learning, etc.)