This is my final email as Interim Joyful Teacher, and I want to thank you all for going on this journey with me. I’ve learned so much, and my greatest joy has been getting to know you all better. I hope you have time in summer to rest, reflect, recuperate, and/or take action.
Here’s my attempt to share some levity during unspeakably difficult times. I present: Summer Bingo. Each square provides a link to interesting resources and learning opportunities. Try to score a Bingo, or pick and choose words that speak to what you need in the moment. Or… just don’t 😊
Educator Burn Out: Learn what burn out is, why educators are so vulnerable to it, and how building more compassionate institutions can help prevent and heal it with author, Jonathan Malesic. Want to get a sense of what will be discussed before attending? Listen to Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast episode The End of Burn Out. Mark your Calendar: Monday, March 14, 2022 at 4pm via Zoom
Did you know that using “Click Here” is not an accessible way to format links? Learn about the different ways to link in Canvas and how to write descriptive link text so that it’s accessible for all your students.
Speaking of links, have you ever wanted to create a nifty looking button? Instructional Designer, Nadia Khan, has a great YouTube tutorial for Creating Canvas buttons.
Do we influence our students as much as our students influences us? Bidirectional parenting has me thinking about bidirectionality in teaching and learning spaces.
Looking for archived resources, tips/tricks, and questions?
I hope that your return to in-person instruction is bringing you and your students joy! If you need a little pick me up, the C3 Teaching + Learning Center in OC 1252 is open 24/7 for your convenience and has a fully stocked coffee bar. I’ll be there today with some of our fantastic colleagues from 11am-1pm.
These weekly newsletters feature 3 resources related to teaching and learning, 2 online tips and tricks, and 1 question for reflection.
Save the Date for March 9th at 4pm! The C3 is facilitating a workshop hosted by outside speaker, Jonathan Malesic, about burn out and ways to sustain ourselves as people and teachers through the many changes we’ve experienced over the last couple years. More information will be available soon!
Now that we are seeing some of our students in person again, we may be noticing a need for additional support. The Student Support page in Canvas is a great place to direct students. And, it’s worth looking at all of the CARE support available for financial, food, mental health, and technology needs.
I’m Lauren McFall, and I’m the Interim Coordinator of our C3 Teaching and Learning Center while Sean Davis is on sabbatical this Spring. I hope that you have had the restful break that you need and deserve. I spent a good deal of time thinking about what I would write to you, but I realized that what we all need right now is something succinct. We only have one short semester together, so I’m going to get right to the point and share what you can expect from me (knowing full well that making plans in the 2020’s can be a bit foolhardy).
Opportunities for Spring 2022
Building Connection and Community (hopefully both in person and online)
Addressing Burn Out Culture and Self Care (as it relates to our role as teachers and the impact on our students)
Supporting Zero Textbook Cost Courses (based on upcoming funding from the state)
Expanding Futures Thinking (as a way to prepare for all the possibilities)
In addition, I’ll continue the work that Sean has already established as part of the C3. It’s going to be a busy semester, but aren’t they all?
Want to ask questions? Or talk about possible offerings this Spring? Or even just say hello?
The SAFE Topics team just released the latest episode, “Down with Spring Break!” In this episode, the team host a debate among with MiraCosta students and faculty over spring break. We ask why about the value of breaks and the costs of interruptions. We share the realities of workloads carried into breaks. And question what exactly it is we need a break from in the first place. Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with Daniel Ante-Contreras (English), Carson Arias (mechanical engineering major), and Kayla Kamani (psychology & film major) in an argument over keeping or abandoning spring break!
The importance of a mental break where you can breathe.
Eliminating spring break altogether and extending our summer instead.
Catching up on work, working on mental health.
An institutional lens around spring break.
The lack of student input in talks around spring break.
“Doing the good for the most amount of people.”
The concept of spring break as a guilty pleasure.
Do we need a break from classroom culture?
Learning vs. time demand.
Admin and faculty should be more mindful of time especially during distant learning.
Working smarter and not harder.
Were any minds changed about their views on spring break?
The S.A.F.E. Topics Team
curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host) Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host) Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host) Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor) James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)