The Habits of Mind team would like to thank you for the time and energy you've already devoted to this initiative. Students are speaking all over campus about both HoM and the ways they can empower themselves to overcome. At the Student Success meeting Friday, several first-generation students talked about the power of HoM to do two imperative things: provide them the tools to overcome obstacles and provide them with evidence that faculty/staff care about them and are willing to invest in their future. Well done! We're so grateful for your support and commitment.
We are now shifting the focus from the first habit, PERSIST, to the second one, ORGANIZE. Below, please find suggestions for both faculty and staff to reinvigorate our students' commitment to their own future through HoM.
If you're in a staff area that uses the Habits of Mind buttons, resource cards, and stands please look for a special delivery of ORGANIZE resource cards to be delivered directly to you tomorrow in the late afternoon.
Here are some tools to help introduce HoM ORGANIZE in class or in other interactions with students. One of the great things about HoM is that it allows us to touch base with our students to see if they're practicing habits throughout the semester that can help them. Each time we prepare to give an assignment or return one, is a chance for them to assess their choices and actions.
Tools: (If you're not familiar with these, we encourage you to tinker with them a bit before introducing them to class).
Student Videos on Organization:
Assignment Calculator: The assignment calculator is a link available through the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library provided by our awesome librarians via UCLA that helps students break assignments down into manageable steps and timelines. Here is the link: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/library/modules/freecalc/index.php Students choose a due date and discipline, and the webpage walks them through a series of steps.
Organizing Materials: Ideally we'd prefer students had already organized their class materials, but now is a perfect time to touch base, asking them how their organization is working so far and whether or not they're ready to make their lives more manageable by organizing themselves more. Then you can show the attached PowerPoint on Organization of Class Materials.
Organizing Time: Just like asking questions about organizing materials, asking students whether they're in need of some more help with time management is a way to introduce HoM tools. Now that the semester is in full swing and many assignments are due, students who didn't adopt scheduling early on, may see the need and be willing to do so now. Here is a link to a variety of HoM time-management tools: http://bakersfieldcollege.edu/habits-of-mind/organize.asp#time
Ask students if they have an Ed Plan? Take a moment to introduce Students to DegreeWorks. Have a student log into InsideBC (or if you have DegreeWorks access, you can do it yourself) before displaying your presentation on the overhead projector or TV. Once they've logged in, ask them to click on student. Then ask them to sit down. Display the computer image on the TV/projector. Click on Go to MyDegreePath on the lower-right side of the page. Click on the "What if" tab on the mid-to-upper-left side and then select a possible major. It calculates what classes the student has taken that apply, as well as what classes still need to be completed, offering a range of courses. It is very helpful! It will entice them into being interested in obtaining/creating an Ed plan. You can even select CSU transfer, IGETC, etc. Many of us currently doing this, use it as an opportunity to encourage students to obtain an AA/AS before they transfer; it's only a few extra units, and it gives them some type of security. In case an emergency arises, and they don't complete their four year education, they can state that they obtained an Associate's Degree as opposed to completing some college. WE ARE WORKING WITH SUE VAUGHN AND HER TEAM ON DEVELOPING A SAMPLE STUDENT, SO WE DON’T HAVE TO SEEK VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CLASS, BUT IF YOU DO USE A VOLUNTEER, PLEASE ASK FOR ONE IN ADVANCE AND GO OVER WITH THEM WHAT THIS ENTAILS BEFORE DISPLAYING THEIR MATERIAL BEFORE THE CLASS. It doesn’t display grades or anything, just completed units. http://bakersfieldcollege.edu/habits-of-mind/organize.asp#degree
Organizing Effort and Plans to Achieve Improved Test Performance: Having a goal is a great first step. But then we all need a plan of action to obtain that goal, including scheduling those actions. Please consider using the test preparation strategies and follow-up handout as well. Offering students a few-points incentive towards their exam grade to complete them garners great results. http://bakersfieldcollege.edu/habits-of-mind/organize.asp#testprep
Organizing Study Groups: Some of your students may not be happy with their performance on their first exams/major assignments. Now is a perfect time to ask them about their study organization. Are they working in a distraction-free zone? Are they organizing study groups? Here is a form to help facilitate study groups: http://bakersfieldcollege.edu/habits-of-mind/organize.asp#studygroup
Organizing Students' Experience to Broaden Their Horizons and Stay Involved: One of the things that helps encourage student success is being involved on campus. We've attached a copy of the HoM Broaden Your Horizons check list, which encourages students to organize their experience here on campus by engaging in a variety of activities.
Organize Student Effort: Having an organized approach to adopt or improve skills is essential to many of our students, more than 60% of whom are under-prepared for college. The Academic Development Department and Supplemental Instruction offer free, weekly workshops on critical skills. Many of us offer our students five or so points for each hour-long workshop they attend. While it makes sense to think "why should I give students extra credit when they should simply devote that time to studying for 'my' class, so they do better", it is actually allowing them to develop the skills they may need to even begin to complete the work in many of our classes. Please consider posting the weekly CAS schedule on your office door or forwarding the CAS Schedule directly to your students. Here is the link: http://bakersfieldcollege.edu/habits-of-mind/organize.asp#workshops
Another way for students to access the HoM tools is by downloading the Habits of Mind at BC app via GooglePlay or iTunes apps. Please encourage them to do so.If you're interested in purchasing a gray HoM polo, please contact me. Many faculty and staff expressed interest in these shirts.
You Make It POSSIBLE at BC,