This is a letter to college professors from a high school teacher reflecting on what "No Child Left Behind" has done to students. Letter to Profs from High School Teacher
or reading the syllabus, or whatever…
or your colleagues not either…
read the wise words of Ms Mentor
Both of these articles are excellent thought-provokers as we begin to think ahead to next terms syllabi.
Improving the Student Experience in CHE, by Brian Matthews
For me the most important part of the article was about mentoring, and the implications for how we teach:
The Gallup-Purdue Index (2014), perhaps the most comprehensive study of post-graduate engagement and well-being, reports a strong correlation between these important outcomes and the following six college experiences:
- students who had a faculty member who helped them become excited about learning
- students who had a faculty member who cared about them as a person
- students who had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue goals and dreams
- students who were active in co-curricular activities
- students who completed an internship or participated in job-related learning
- students who participated in projects that lasted beyond a semester
We identified mentorship as a critical theme. In our dream scenario, all faculty and staff, regardless of role or classification, would participate in mentorship activities. Obviously this would require incentivization and a realignment of reward structures, but this is a cultural value that we feel is vital for future success.