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Campus Updates - Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Outstanding EMCC Adjunct Faculty

Four Estrella Mountain Adjunct Faculty received "Outstanding Adjunct Faculty" recognition from the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA). Raymond Baessler, Cary Peskin, Andrea Simpkins, and Timothy Ramsey were assessed on five key categories - Pedagogy, Assessment, Enrichment, Development and Professionalism. With more than six thousand Adjunct Faculty teaching district-wide, the achievements of EMCC adjuncts contribute to the excellence and creativity of the college and enriches the learning for the students they teach.

EMCC Instructional Computing to serve on IT Curriculum Initiative

With the success and structure of information technology programs, EMCC's Instructional Computing (represented by Jim Nichols) has been invited to participate in a standing committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges will be working on the IT Curriculum Initiative, a project to standardize industry curriculum. Associate-level educators and industry professionals, including representatives from Intel, Oracle, Dell, Juniper and Google, will be part of the committee. The committee will convene in New York the week of January 14 and begin creating common core competencies for computing fundamentals and assessment rubrics.


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CATS of the Month

Rachel Smith received the Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System (CATS) award for December 2012 for her An Enhanced Jigsaw Approach to Teach Cell Parts (Bio 181/156). Collected over several semesters, the assessment evaluates teaching methods (lecture and modified jigsaw methods) and exam performance/ student comprehension of information. Click to learn more about her assessment project.

Student Success Fair - Showcasing Adjunct & Residential Faculty

EMCC will host a Student Success Fair March 26 & 27, 2013. The event is designed to highlight faculty teaching, connect students to critical dates/timelines, and bring EMCC resources to students.

Residential and adjunct faculty are encouraged to "show off" their teaching by doing one or more of the following:

  • "Highlight" your class. If you are excited about a particular lesson or topic, let EMCC capture the class via video. The CTL will record your lesson/class and create a short video to introduce your teaching and course to students.
  • "Open" your class for a day. Allow students to 'see/experience' your class "in action" during the Fair days. Students can get a preview of your teaching before pre-registering for the next semester.
  • "Meet" students in informal settings. During the Fair, socialize with students during pre-planned events or at "drop in" tables.
  • Get students connected. Announce the Fair dates in class and/or allow a student ambassador to present Fair information in your class. Encourage students to attend the Fair and provide course points/extra credit for attendance (student activity sheets are available.)

To create a video or open your class to students during Fair days, please contact:

Division Chairpersons elected

Congratulations to the faculty members elected to serve as Division Chairpersons. Their two-year terms begin immediately after the last day of the Spring 2013 semester:

  • Tanisha M.J. Maxwell (Counseling)
  • Larry Pesta (Modern Languages)
  • Pablo Landeros (Behavioral Sciences & Cultural Studies)
  • Susan Malmo (Arts & Composition)
  • Bronwen Steele (Science)
  • Rebecca Baranowski (Mathematics, Physics & Engineering)
  • Sandra Maas (Nursing)
Teacher Education Institute: Teaching Tip

Board = Paper

Many or our students come to us not knowing how to take notes. In the beginning of the semester, help them to learn with this simple phrase: Board=Paper. What you put up on the board, whether you write it or have a PowerPoint, students need to copy down on their paper. (Of course this means that PowerPoints should not be overloaded with words, but that’s another tip.)

Some other tips for helping students learn how to take notes:

  • Mandate note taking. Do not offer students the option to take notes. You can let them know they will be occasionally collected for grading purposes (they are very easy to grade at a glance, after all, they copied your “notes”!).
  • Explain why good note taking leads to success in your course. Besides being occasionally graded, note sheets are excellent sources of study for any upcoming assessments.
  • If you use visual organizers in your presentation (and you should!), have students copy them on their notes. If you use outline format in your presentation (and youshould!), have students use that format in their notes.
  • Pause periodically during the delivery of information and force student processing on their note sheet. Copying something down does not necessarily relate to comprehension. You can have students draw a concept map on their note sheet demonstrating their understanding, or they can summarize the concept you just talked about in 10 words or less – on their note sheet. This will force students to process the information.

Not only is good note taking essential to their success in your class, but crucial to their success in future classes and especially as they move on to a university!

Lemov, D. (2009). Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Submitted by Rachel Holmes and Pete Turner, Teacher Education Institute.

  • Introductions
    • Brandon Blass, Science Lab Technician
    • Deon Clark, Manufacturing Technology
    • Kanina Kempton-McDonald, Clinical Nursing
    • Jill Nico, Program Advisor
    • Ramon Avila, Lead Custodian II

  • Regifting for Scholarships
  • Donate any 'unwanted' holiday gifts to the Women's Conference Planning Committee. Gifts become part of a drawing which benefits EMCC scholarships! Contact Christina Izaguirre for more information - 623.935.8802.

    • Date: Month of January, 2013
    • Drop off Location: Student Union or President's Office
  • All Employee Meeting
  • A gathering of employees and ideas. Information about District and campus initiatives is shared. Continental breakfast is served!

    • Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
    • Time: 8-10 am
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room
  • One Billion Rising - Dance Lesson
  • Create a video to share with employees and students for the February 14 One Billion Rising event. Everyone is welcome.

    • Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
    • Time: 3:45-5:00 pm
    • Location: Outdoor Ceremonial Plaza
  • Engage Estrella Mentoring - Student Panel
  • Students who have participated in the Engage Estrella mentoring program will share their experiences and answer questions. Employees and students are invited to attend.

    • Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
    • Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
    • Location: CTL - North
  • Martin Luther King Holiday
  • Campus closed in honor of Martin Luther King. College will resume normal business operations Tuesday, January 22.

    • Date: Monday, January 21, 2013
    • Time: All Day
    • Campus Closed