This 3-day workshop is designed to introduce the essential skills and strategies needed for effective Foundations Program teaching. For best results, at least four mentoring meetings (lead by experienced faculty on site) should be scheduled during the month after the workshop ends.

This workshop is designed to help new teachers accomplish the following:

  • Understand the relationship between a general Mission and specific coursework
  • Understand the content of and connections between Foundation courses
  • Design personal assignments which expand learning and inspire exploration
  • Develop a repertoire of teaching methods: demonstration, coaching, critique, etc.
  • Explore variations in presentation, such as headlining, pacing, small teams, etc.
  • Understand and effectively use various forms of assessment.

Intensive workshop, including lectures, break-out sessions, writing, collaborative projects and group discussion. Can be expanded into a 5-day workshop, including hands-on work with visual books, Photoshop, or IMovie.

Possible Lectures/Discussion

  • From General Mission to Specific Applications: A Foundations Overview
  • Scope and Sequence: Making Each Assignment Count;
  • Communication 101
  • Motivating Students
  • Assessment
  • Six Common Mistakes; Six Essential Strengths
  • Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Possible Springboard Topics for Breakout Sessions

  • Integrating Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Unexpected Resources
  • Assessment
  • Assignment Essentials and Elaboration: From Good to Great