The Center for Teaching, Learning & Engagement invites faculty, staff and administrators to create blogs with a total of 6 pieces of writing, over the span of 6 weeks beginning Week 3 of the Spring Semester (around February 1st). These blog postings are about teaching, learning, and student success. What you write about specifically is up to you. You have free rein, but if you need some ideas:
Week 1 (Feb. 1-5):
- Inspiring stories: Who or what inspired you to be who you are today in relation to your work at GCC? How did it impact you?
- Kindness. What does it mean to be a leader in 2017? What skills are most crucial for building a workplace that prioritizes respect and opportunity, and that also values diversity and inclusion? How can leaders channel kindness and vulnerability to form better teams, encourage a better work culture, and help faculty and staff feel valued as individuals and team members? #BensBells
Week 2 (Feb. 6-12):
- Culturally Relevant Campus: Write about experiences where you feel like you have seen a reflection of your culture on campus. Culture entails more than just ethnicity.
Culture can be found in other groups with certain interests. It could be connected to gender or any group you feel like you you are a member of.
Week 3 (Feb. 13-19):
- Assessment and Evaluation: How have you improved student learning or what are some ways you’ve improved your own work in your job with students or colleagues?
Week 4 (Feb. 20-26):
- Dreams. What would you love to be able to do to improve yourself in relation to your job or to change your job? What are your dreams for
improving your job, work/life balance and/or efficiency in your work?
Week 5 (Feb. 27-Mar. 5):
- Difficult Situations. How do you handle difficult situations in your job with colleagues or with students? What advice would you give to others?
Week 6 (Mar. 6-12):
- Building Relationships. How do you build relationships with
faculty, staff, and students on campus? How important are these relationships to you?
Additional Prompts If Needed:
- If you could have dinner with one famous person (living/dead) who would it be? Explain why.
- If your career was a Netflix series what would the title of it be and what would it be about? Who would be a part of your cast? Where would it take place?
- If you could be a fly on the wall on any place on campus, where would you want to be? Explain why.
- If you could offer one piece of advice for success to faculty, staff, or students what would it be? Explain your answer.
- What is one piece of advice you can offer faculty, staff, or students on how to overcome adversity? Explain your answer.
- If you could offer one piece of advice to faculty, staff, or students on how to maintain work/life balance, what would it be? Explain your answer.
TEACHING, LEARNING, STUDENT SUCCESS PROMPTS
- Past: Is there anyone in education you felt was exemplary in teaching, learning, or student success? Reflect on your experiences as a student. Consider elementary school through college.
- Present: What are the skills that are needed for the 21st-century faculty, staff, or student? Explain your answer.
- Future: What will teaching, learning, or student success look like 20 years from now? What are the skills that will be needed for the future?