Teaching Matters “First Things First: Preparing Students For Success”

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Call for Papers
January 18, 2019
Georgia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Educational Technology, History Education, Social History / Studies, Social Sciences, Teaching and Learning

Teaching Matters

“First Things First:  Preparing Students For Success”

17th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 7 & 8, 2019

About the Conference

Teaching Matters is celebrating its seventeenth annual interdisciplinary conference in 2019 at Gordon State College on its main campus in Barnesville, Georgia.  Presentations, Panel Discussions, and Posters focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, issues surrounding teaching and learning, and educational theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for teaching, with conference events designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning. 

About this year's theme

As educators, we all have one goal in common:  student success.  We do, however, go about achieving that goal in ways that speak both to our different disciplines and to our unique teaching styles.  Whether they are first time on campus, returning, or transfer students, what is it that you believe sets up incoming students for success?  In other words, when you begin planning for a new term, what elements are your “first things first?”

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to the following:

Growth Mindset

Purposeful Choice

Syllabus Construction

Understanding By Design

How Learning Works

Engagement/Engaged Learning Strategies

First Year Courses

Formative Assessment

First Generation Students/Teaching GenZ

First day (first week, first five minutes) 

Social Belonging

Classroom Atmosphere

Creating a Supportive Research Environment for Students

Using Social Media to Create a Supportive Environment

Gateway Courses

$50 early registration fee.  Direct any questions to the CETL Director, Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell at a_higgins@gordonstate.edu or at (678) 359-5095.  All proposals are due January 18, 2019, at which time they will undergo peer review.  Please download and complete the submission form.  Then, send completed individual and panel proposals to TeachingMatters@gordonstate.edu.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell