Spring 2016 Plenary Presentation

Spring plenary took place on Thursday January 14th.  We had a full house in the Student Union for the general session and I know many of the workshops were standing room only.  Here is the presentation from the general session.  The session stared with updates from Interim President Adrian Gonzales, Interim VP for Instruction Dan Sourbeer, and Acting VP for Student Services Brian Stockert.  Updates were followed by an interactive discussion on understanding who are students are and what we can do in the classroom to help them succeed.


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Spring 2016 Nuts & Bolts of Teaching at Palomar

Today, January 7th from 5-7pm,  is the first PD workshop of 2016!  We are starting off the year with a special workshop facilitated by a panel of Palomar Administrators.  This workshop will provide an overview of the basic mechanics of instructor responsibilities, including information about your class syllabus, class rosters, important dates, grading, Instructional and Counseling support services, and more.


If you have any additional questions, suggestions, or comments please feel free to respond below!

Workshop video: Tips for Applying for Full-time Faculty Positions

Thank you to Jenny Fererro and Laurel Anderson for being our first workshop presenters to be recorded!  And a special thank you to 3CMedia for doing a great job recording this session. This session was recorded on Friday November 6th, from 12-2pm.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will cover tips and techniques for optimal success in applying and interviewing for full-time faculty positions. Although not a guarantee of a job offer, we will share tips for improving your application presentation and using effective interview techniques that hiring committees appreciate

To watch the recording please go to: https://www.3cmediasolutions.org/f/82b75ae529c504b92ac68395d613fe6011a4e91a?i=0


Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

“Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges: College personnel everywhere are struggling with students’ increased neediness.”

In this article, Peter Gray Ph.D  states, “We have raised a generation of young people who have not been given the opportunity to learn how to solve their own problems.They have not been given the opportunity to get into trouble and find their own way out, to experience failure and realize they can survive it, to be called bad names by others and learn how to respond without adult intervention. So now, here’s what we have: Young people,18 years and older, going to college still unable or unwilling to take responsibility for themselves, still feeling that if a problem arises they need an adult to solve it.”

How does this impact our college and our classrooms?  What strategies can we as a college use to help our students who may not have the skills they need to be successful?

Our students need our help. How are you helping them?

Today we held what is likely the most important Professional Development workshop of the semester:  Supporting Students with Behavioral Challenges and Understanding Mental Health Stigmas

Five very brave students shared their stories with us of their challenges, while also sharing with us strategies we could use in the classroom to help our student with mental health issues.

This list of strategies is straight from the mouths of our students.  We as faculty need to take time to listen to our students and put ourselves in their shoes. What strategies are you using in the classroom and does it include the following suggestions?

  • Student assume we don’t care until we take the time to reach out to them.  Are you taking the time to have a conversation with your students?
  • Syllabus:  Include a nondiscrimination statement in your syllabus.
  • If a student has started to miss classes have you discussed with them their absences and reasons for it, you never know what your students are dealing with.
  • Help your students by reaching out to them.  Students with mental illness may not know they have the illness, or don’t know help is available.
  • Allowing for late work is very helpful.  Turning something in late means they wanted to do it and meant to do it.  Many times missing work is not on purpose.
    • If people in the workforce get a little time off when they are going through tough life choices then why not allow our students who are having problems have a little time off?
  • Have an open door policy. However, know that availability is not the same as approachability.  You must show them that you truly want them to come to your office.
  • Know about  important references at Palomar that may help your students and share them with your students.
  • Approach students that you are concerned about.  Show them that your care.  Be reasonable.  Reach out and help, they do want to be there.
  • Be aware of changes in your students. Has their appearance changed or mood changed.
  • Create an environment that helps.
  • On the first day of class take 10 minutes to talk about mental health.
    • 10 minutes could include:
      • Resources for all students, Mental health resources, DRC to get a referral, Academic anxiety, Growth mindset, grit, Dial 211 on any phone for the SD helpline, Behavioral health counseling
  • Use different methods of testing for different learners.
  • It is ok to approach students and cross the boundary.  Show them you care.
  • “You professors are extremely vital in the life of your students beyond the course content”
  • Tell your students how normal it is to have mental health issues
  • Walk students to DRC or to other resources
  • I see you, I notice you
  • Faculty to student relationship is the most important
  • Office hours:  it’s not just availability its approach-ability
  • What will you do for your students? How will you help them?
  • We never know what our students are going through.

Helpful videos on Depression:

What are you doing to teach the whole student?

Google Hangout: What do the numbers mean?

I want to thank Dan Sourbeer for joining me on this hangout titled “Palomar College: What do the numbers mean?”

This was our first attempt at a Hangout On Air and I am sure it won’t be the last!  We both learned a lot in this first hangout, so I know the next ones will be even better.

Here is the recording:

If you have further questions please comment below and we will do our best to answer them.

OR, if you have ideas for what we could do at Palomar to help us increase enrollment please share your ideas!

Teach like a PIRATE!

We are excited to announce another awesome day of inspirational Professional Development for teachers.  Please join us on Friday October 30th to learn from Dave Burgess, the author of “Teach Like a PIRATE”.  This event is open to Faculty from Palomar, MiraCosta, CSUSM, and other local Educators. You must register for this event! This event is limited to 150 people. The cost is FREE!

To register go to: http://teachlikeapirate.brownpapertickets.com/

PARKING: Please park in Lots 1 & 2 which are located in the main entrance to the college.  Do not turn on Comet Circle which will take you around the college.  If you do not have a parking pass you will be ticketed in any lots other than Lot 1 & 2.  Here is a campus map for further clarification: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/about/files/2015/06/palomar-sm-campusmap.pdf

Click here to print the event flyer, or view below:

It only takes a moment to make a difference!

Yesterday I was at Starbucks, right by school, enjoying an iced coffee while working on my online class.  Sitting next to me were two students and a mom.  I realized pretty quick that a girl and her mom were helping the guy understand how to enroll in classes and how to use the suggested schedule given to him by his counselor.  He is new to Palomar and had many questions, I could sense he was starting to feel as though there were no course options that would work for him and since he tested into Math 15 he felt like he was already starting way behind.  I decided to introduce myself and let them know  I am a teacher at Palomar so if they had any more questions I was happy to help.  I spent the next 15 minutes or so talking with them and easing his concern.  I then told him I still had room for another student in my Health class and helped him enroll.  It was a moment that not only made him smile, but also made me feel like I was truly making a difference.

I know many of us have stories like this.  It made me want to hear about all the good we are doing.

If you’d like to share an experience you had with a student, please do so!  It only takes a moment to make a difference!