LECTURES - Introducing iFalcon into the Classroom
LECTURES - Introduction
L1: Tell Your Story—Introduce the habits of mind to your students by sharing your personal experience with them. Tell them how you struggled with these as a student and eventually came to understand and apply them. Suggested outline:
- This semester we will be spending some time talking about habits of mind.
- Habits of mind are the skills and practices that you need to develop if you hope to experience success in college and your professional career.
- Share your personal story related to habits of mind.
- We (the faculty and staff of Cerritos College) want you to be aware of these skill because we want you to be successful.
- Review the six habits of mind (see summary of habits).
- Let students know that at various times throughout the semester, you will be talking about these habits in greater detail.
L2: Show Video and Website—Show students the introduction video(2-3 minutes) and walk them through the program website (www.cerritos.edu/ifalcon). Conclude by letting your students know that at various times throughout the semester, you will be talking about each of these habits in greater detail.
L3: Tie the Habits of Mind to Your Course—Go through each of the six habits of mind (see summary of habits). Talk about how each habit relates specifically to your course. Conclude by letting your students know that at various times throughout the semester, you will be talking about each of these habits in greater detail.
L4: Modify an Existing Assignment to Demonstrate the 6 Habits of Mind
When we faculty instruct students on how to complete an assignment effectively, we're talking iFALCON--even if we don't always the language tied to the campaign. One way to integrate the iFALCON campaign into your course is to revise an existing assignment (or create a new one) to integrate the language of the 6 habits of mind, helping students recognize how practicing iFALCON is really about being successful in your course. Below is an example of an assignment created by Steve Clifford for his 200-level English survey courses. Feel free to use it as a template for ways to modify one of your assignments. As we gather other examples from Cerritos faculty, we'll share those with you, as well--and be sure to share your examples with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!