The Master Teacher Program: Building Community through Sharing

The Master Teacher Program: Building Community through Sharing

There is a wealth of literature on the power of PLCs (professional learning communities) as contributory to faculty growth. The Master Teacher Program (MTP) at Kirkwood Community College is a form of PLC, whereby faculty grow through their collective efforts on the Kirkwood faculty competencies as related to student success. MTP Year 1: Introduction to […]

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Growth vs. Fixed Mindset – Debunking the Dichotomy

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset – Debunking the Dichotomy

In a recent article in Education Week, Carol Dweck revisits her seminal work on Growth Mindset and offers news ways of thinking about this concept that maybe helpful for both classroom and organizational application.

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Study Abroad Experiences Spark Student Aspirations

Study Abroad Experiences Spark Student Aspirations

“I truly believe that through participating in the Kirkwood Study Abroad trip to India, I now have a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate,” wrote one student.  “The trip helped reiterate my desire to live and work abroad someday and aided in solidifying my want to work with underprivileged kids.”  […]

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How the Community College Mission Trumps On-the-Job Training

How the Community College Mission Trumps On-the-Job Training

The following is written by George Trotter, instructor in Industrial Maintenance Technologies. I think my teaching philosophy has come to reflect the idea that education, especially technical education, is the process of delivering the principles governing our vocation in a manner and sequence that can be digested by the student until they not only have […]

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Learner Success Exceeds Expectations

Learner Success Exceeds Expectations

This semester, in the Principles of Selling course, instructor Todd Saville had a class that exceeded his expectations concerning a fundraising challenge, which he said, “proved to be a really good successful learning experience and charitable activity…  They’re learning from it.  They’re giving back.  It’s a good cause.”  You can listen to Todd describe this […]

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Boundless Energy for Learning Renewed in Japan

Boundless Energy for Learning Renewed in Japan

Earlier this year, Loughton Smith, bakery instructor in the Hospitality Arts department, went to Japan with several culinary students to learn and get the whole experience of Japanese cuisine and the traditions and culture associated with it.  At the end of his narrative, he describes his biggest takeaway, “Even small town people from a small […]

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