TILT – Teaching Unprepared Students: A 2-Part Workshop for Faculty

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education
Two sessions will be presented by Dr. Kathleen F. Gabriel, author of highly acclaimed book, Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education.

PART I: Motivating Students to Read, Wednesday, March 11, 2009, from 2:00-3:30pm.
PART II: Interweaving Assessment and Teaching, Friday, April 24, 2009, from 12:30-2:00pm.

As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education—not just more students with learning disabilities, but students (with and without special admission status) who are academically at-risk because of inadequate reading, writing, and study skills. This book provides professors–those at the front line of interactions with students—with techniques and approaches they can use in class to help at-risk students raise their skills so that they can successfully complete their studies.

PART I: Motivating Student to Read

The first 90-minute session (on March 11, 2009) will deal specifically with strategies that relate to motivating students to read and engage in the reading materials, and strategies to foster a productive classroom environment where the readings can be discussed and analyzed.

PART II: Interweaving Assessment and Teaching
The second 90-minute session (April 24th) will deal specifically with strategies that relate to determining whether or not the majority of students are actually learning the material before the midterms (or finals) are given. Interweaving informal and formative assessments throughout lectures and class discussions can not only kindle students’ enthusiasm, but can also promote student learning. Several different types of assessment techniques (with feedback) will be presented which can be easily integrated into any class.

This special TILT Workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Technology and Learning Program (TLP) at CSU Chico. Reservations are required. Please email Laura Sederberg, lsederberg[a]csuchico.edu for information as to how to sign-up.

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