What are 3 Calendar Hacks Faculty Can Use to Avoid Stress and Burnout?

Monday, December 5—

Sunday, December 11, 2022

It’s no secret that faculty work encompasses much of every day, to the point where it just doesn’t seem like there is any available time for anything else. Add

in grading, meetings, and responding to messages? No wonder it seems never-ending!

Fortunately, there are much-needed, time-saving solutions available. This 20-Minute Mentor provides three simple calendar hacks to help faculty create a daily structure to manage time and reduce stress. Faculty regain control of their schedules by using their calendar to battle burnout.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Understand why it is helpful to actively use your calendar

Identify three things you can do to actively use your calendar

Plan and execute a Term Planning Day to anticipate and alleviate stressors

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: calendar12

How Can I Be My Own Instructional Designer?

Monday, November 28—

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Sometimes, faculty don’t have the support of an instructional designer to help plan their courses. In fact, many faculty never have any help from an instructional designer. So, where do they start?

This 20-Minute Mentor will identify the elements faculty should consider when planning a higher-education course and provide a step-by-step process to follow, resulting in a course plan that is ready to build.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Articulate course objectives and use these objectives to plan assessments, interactions, instructional strategies, and other content

Use course objectives to evaluate existing course content and identify areas of need and improvement.

Create a course plan that can be used to build an online or face-to-face course

Link https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: designer48

How Can You Become More Intentional About Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Monday, November 21—

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Meeting students where they are is essential. Each student in class brings a different fund
of knowledge with them. Deliberate and intentional teaching that promotes interaction and collaboration while recognizing each student’s unique fund of knowledge will create a learning environment that is more culturally relevant.

By embracing the core components of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the strategies of Universal Design for Learning, teaching and learning will improve. This 20-Minute Mentor is a practical guide to implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching, which many educators know that they should do but may not know how to do it. This 20-Minute Mentor also helps educators examine their biases, which may unintentionally interfere with providing the best learning experience for all students.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify and implement methods to increase student success in the classroom.
  • Embrace diversity by recognizing students’ strengths and adapting instruction, classroom design, and materials based on student’s prior knowledge and current needs

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: intentional85

What Brain-Based Techniques Can I Use to Engage Students During Class?

Monday, November 14—

Sunday, November 20, 2022

This 20-Minute Mentor demonstrates several techniques to engage student’s brains in learning. All can be incorporated into either a traditional 50-minute or a more extended class period. Since each student’s brain is unique and may learn differently, the presenters offer specific techniques that help vary the learning experience during a typical classroom time frame. This includes patterning activities, organization and cueing, and creating the emotional impact of the lesson.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Understand what patterning is and what patterning activities you can use in your classroom

• Pinpoint classroom analogies and how you can use them in your class

• Direct patterning in your students

• Learn how to maximize student brainpower to improve student success


Password: techniques64

How Can ICreate Authentic Engagement Through Feedback Dialogue?

Monday, November 7—

Sunday, November 13, 2022

When feedback is offered as an explanation to a grade, most students will focus on the number and not look past it to the reasons why they received that score. Quality feedback can greatly impact student success, but what if we took success beyond just a grade? Feedback that creates a dialogue with students can enhance student engagement while encouraging students to deepen their understanding. By involving students in feedback, students are more likely to buy in and apply their learning beyond a single assignment.

This 20-Minute Mentor imparts proven strategies that get students to listen to and act on instructor feedback, improving student engagement throughout the learning process. Receive practical advice that bridges the gap between instructor and students. This 20-Minute Mentor shows why feedback should be a meaningful dialogue instead of just how to give feedback.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Provide meaningful feedback to students

• Create opportunities for student feedback

• Restructure feedback to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: authentic73

How Can I Spark Conversation in the Classroom?

Monday, October 31—

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Student engagement can be a big challenge for college educators, especially in conversation and peer interaction. This 20-Minute Mentor introduces four tried-and-true techniques to create a learning environment buzzing with student conversation. These activities can be translated into diverse classroom settings, regardless of the course topic. The suggested methods will not only spur discussion in the moment but will also transform the classroom dynamic to encourage more active participation from the student group. Ultimately, they are tools to motivate teachers and students to strive toward an ever-more vibrant learning environment.

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: conversation95

How Can I Create an Engaging, Student- Focused Syllabus?

Monday, October 24—
Sunday, October 30, 2022

The syllabus is a roadmap for students and a planning guide for teachers. Most instructors are familiar in general terms with the idea of a syllabus and know that it provides an overview of a course. They may not realize how significant the syllabus is in setting course expectations and they may not know how or why to create a living syllabus that includes more visual elements and that can be updated as a course progresses.

This 20-Minute Mentor gives ideas to make your syllabus more engaging, more student-centered, and more creative without a lot of extra effort. You’ll be able to turn a typically dry document into a living, engaging, and interactive student resource that can include multimedia, a series of slides, or a connected group of visuals—all created without any special technical know-how. Additionally, you’ll explore how to re-envision an existing syllabus so it will resonate with students.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Create more engaging syllabi

• Implement frameworks for developing a new syllabus and for upgrading an existing syllabus

• Discover new tools and techniques for creating engaging syllabi that will help engage students at the start of a course

• Confidently assess a syllabus’s engagement potential

• Introduce a syllabus in new ways to spark student interest early in a course

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: syllabus63

What Is Ungrading and How Can It Unleash Your Students’ Potential?

Monday, October 17—
Sunday, October 23, 2022

The traditional grading framework can be flawed. One glaring flaw is how it does not incentivize student learning. Fortunately, regardless of the class being taught, ungrading is a solution for everyone. It allows students to better close the loop on their knowledge, along with additional benefits for students and educators. But what is ungrading?

This 20-Minute Mentor introduces the concept of ungrading and provides some big-picture examples of how ungrading works in different types of courses, including STEM courses. The expert presenter will explain the problems and drawbacks of a traditional grading framework and how ungrading can overcome them. Additionally, the presenter will demonstrate strategies for implementing ungrading in a classroom, including getting students on board, incentivizing students, and determining summary grades.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Describe certain issues with a traditional grading framework

• Define ungrading and its benefits

• Determine a variety of ways that ungrading may fit into your course

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: potential92

How Can I Help Online Students Develop Autonomy and Take More Responsibility for Their Learning?

Monday, October 10—
Sunday, October 16, 2022

Research shows that to be successful in online classes, students need to be able to manage their time, motivate themselves to work on schedule, and seek help when needed, among other executive functioning skills. One major online learning challenge occurs because many online students are still developing these life skills.

This 20-Minute Mentor will present techniques and strategies—which don’t take much time—that online instructors can use to help students monitor and direct their own learning to succeed and complete their online classes. When students develop this autonomy, they will also experience countless benefits with their other classes, their work, and in any new learning experience.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Examine the obstacles that online classes present to students who are still developing executive functioning skills

• Identify learning activities that help students plan to be successful

• Explore methods of embedding choice in online classes to allow students to have more agency in their learning

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Passcode: autonomy37

What Interventions Help Students Master Deep Reading and Engage with Assignments?

Monday, October 3—
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Most academic courses require learners to do some amount of reading to provide background in core concepts, demonstrate applications and use cases and elaborate on intriguing new applications and directions. However, reading is a skill that learners may not possess when they walk in the
door. Even if it’s not an explicit part of the course curriculum, spending some time talking about reading expectations and best practices can reap real and positive benefits.

This 20-Minute Mentor explores different ways to frame the reading requirements in your academic class and make reading strategies a part of the conversation from day one—which will lead students to more rewarding engagement. You’ll also examine interventions you can introduce to make the reading in your courses more dynamic and engaging for your students.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Discuss how to make reading part of the conversation in any course, from day one

• Establish some best practices for reading course-related materials

• Check students’ knowledge retention and reading habits as the course goes on

• Develop and apply specific interventions to model and support active reading of course content

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: interventions24