Greetings and Welcome Back from the CFE!
Leadership & Mentoring: Giving the Right Kind of Feedback at the Right Time
Much has been written about how to give good feedback. Some near-universal principles have emerged, but specific recommendations vary widely -- and we seldom pause to define what kind of feedback to give based on the situation at hand.
Does the situation call for a critique of "hard" skills (i.e., the quality of the tangible output) or soft skills (i.e., the quality of the human interaction)? Where is the real problem? Where is the real opportunity?
Read more in this Gallup Article, applicable to the workplace as well as many other life situations.
TAA Writing Workshop
It’s our fifth year! – Our popular writing workshop conducted in collaboration with the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA) will happen on Friday, March 6 this year. We just confirmed our coach/speaker, and due to popular demand we are bringing back Erin McTigue (with a brand new topic)! Additional info and a registration page will be available very soon.
Things are heating up now: The first OER Champions were selected and are eager to begin their work. Adding OER to TWU courses is a vital part of student success. As we welcome students from all economic backgrounds, the need for low/no cost textbooks increases.
Please (re-)watch Dr. Feyten’s announcement and stay tuned for more info on how to get involved as this important initiative unfolds.
Jameelah’s Corner -- Five Tips for Creating Engaging Lesson Plans
We all must do some level of legwork to prepare for a class session. The goal is to have a successful class and not one where you and the students are watching the clock waiting for the end, as if the end is a tropical oasis in the middle of the scorching hot Nevada desert. My favorite class sessions were the ones where I would run out of time and students were still engaged and asking questions. Sometimes you might have a successful class just going off the cuff, but a well-organized lesson plan can save you so much time and you’ll have a proven template for the next time… (Click here to read more)
The SENCER Center for Innovation—Southwest Spring 2020 Regional Symposium will take place at Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX on Friday, January 31, 2020 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM). This year’s symposium theme will be: Citizen Science: The Impact on our Communities by Plastics in Our Environment. The symposium will focus on the global crisis of plastic from multidisciplinary views including the science, environmental, economic, policies, and health related impacts of plastics. This symposium will be held as a Zero Impact Event!
The meeting is free but you really should register by Wednesday, January 22 (!) in order to assist with planning food events. Registration is available at: https://ncsce.wildapricot.org/event-3650442
Please contact Nasrin Mirsaleh Kohan (NMirsalehKohan@twu.edu) should you have any questions.
There is going to be a special event for young and old: Garon the Wizard and the Mistress of Potions will perform wizardly chemical feats while teaching a surprising amount of science to those attending.
Thursday, January 30, 5-6 pm in the Ann Stuart Science Complex, ASSC 259.
Mark your calendars!
The CFE will be on your campus this semester on the following dates:
Houston: February 17 – March 16 – April 13 – May 11
Dallas: January 27 – March 2 – April 6 – May 4
- Have an excellent week! -