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Community of Practice

The Math & Computer Science Department holds Community of Practice events throughout the year.  Our goal is to provide venues where faculty can share promising practices with each other.

Spring 2022 Events

Natural Sciences Division Community of Practice

Please join us for our "Six Weeks to STEM Success" series! We will explore ways to introduce our students to the "Hidden Curriculum", and focus on the importance of creating community in the classroom and breaking down barriers to success.  For all below events, please visit www.mtsac.edu/pod to register.

    • Session 1: Friday March 11th 1:00-4:00pm on Zoom

      Description: Our main focus for the first "Six Weeks to STEM Success" session is brainstorming ways to get our students on the path to success early in the semester, instead of playing "catch up" later. We will introduce faculty to the notion of the "Hidden Curriculum" of college.  This typically includes topics and skills that are crucial to being a successful college student, but are not usually taught in class. Such topics may be unknown to many students, especially first generation college students.  Faculty participants will be introduced to different ways these topics can be incorporated into their classes. These topics will include: 

      • Active vs. passive study skills
      • Avoiding procrastination
      • Time management
      • Goal setting
      • Where to go to get certain types of help on campus
      • Motivation
      • Growth mindset
      • Science of learning from mistakes
    • Session 2: Friday April 22nd 1:00-4:00pm on Zoom
      Description: Our main focus for the second "Six Weeks to STEM Success" session is to focus on sharing the importance and benefit of creating community in the classroom. We will also continue our discussion on the "Hidden Curriculum" of college, and how we can break down barriers to success by establishing clear grading policies and providing meaningful feedback to students.

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