Hanging In There!

Hi all! We hope today’s drive wasn’t too terrible, and that you are hanging in there for the last few weeks of the semester.

We often talk about things that we can do at the beginning of the semester to make our classrooms welcoming and set a great tone for the rest of the semester. But what about the last day of class? Here are some strategies for ending your class with the same passion and care that you bring to the first day:

If you are looking for more specific help with the D2L Gradebook (or other D2L questions), you should check out this Friday’s Coffee Fix from 8:30-10:30 AM in L1735. You can also visit Kathleen in L1735 during her drop-in hours:

  • Today, Monday, until 4 pm
  • Tuesday from 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm
  • Thursday from 1-4 pm

Kathleen is also available by appointment–check out her full schedule here.

And while it might be hard to start thinking about next semester while we’re in the thick of exams and final projects, you might want to start thinking about the Minnesota State spring book group, which is reading The Body Keeps the Score. Brain, Mind, Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessell van der Kolk. The group will meet three times via Zoom:

  • February 25, 2020, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • March 24, 2020, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • April 28, 2020, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

There will also be a course D2L page with resources to help explore issues related to trauma. You can participate in as much or as little as you like–you are even welcome to join the discussions if you haven’t read the book! More information can be found here; registration opens on December 16.

Finally, if you are looking for ways to teach your students how to evaluate online information, you might want to check out this curriculum, developed by the Stanford History Education Group, called Civic Online ReasoningFrom their website:

“Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world.”

Thanks to Jack Norton for passing along this resource!

Drive safely, everyone 🙂

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