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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders First Year Experience


Faculty Resources


GREAT IDEAS!

The following is a list of suggestions from current/past FYS instructors:

  1. Ask you Peer Leader to develop a Facebook page for your class. Students are much more likely to use Facbook than D2L.
     
  2. Have your students make name tents the first day of class. Ask them to draw a picture or use one word to describe themselves. Make it a goal for you to learn all of their names and, also, for them to know every other student's name by mid-term. (Collect the name tents at the end of each class, or you will never see them again!)
     
  3. Require an on-going writing project (Facebook posts, discussion boards on D2L, journals, etc.)
     
  4. Have your students check out The Scale of the Universe. It's very cool!
     
  5. Create a "low-cost failure" atmosphere in your classroom. Evaluate early and often, and make failure a learning tool.
     
  6. Balance course content with real-world discussion. Tangents are sometimes the best way to engage young students.
     
  7. Develop note taking skillls by requiring students to take notes on a lecture and then collecting and grading the notes. On the next day, begin lecturing, but don't mention note taking. On the third day, give a quiz on the material from the second day.
     
  8. Make sure your students know why they are taking an FYS. Explain the importance of learning to learn and acclimating to their new educational setting. Discuss the General Education Model and the importance of a liberal arts education. Dr. Karen Guenther was kind enough to share her General Education Power Point presentation
     
  9. Use Plato's Allegory of the Cave
     
  10. Create a classroom community. Promote group activities outside of class. Start each class with open announcements--allow their peers to share information about campus, community, and/or current events.
     
  11. Use a plagiarism tool, and allow the students to see their results. Many of them have no idea what plagiarism is. Information about MU's Turnitin Plagiarism Checker
     
  12. Make attendance an expectation and enforce it with grades.
     
  13. Stress a life-long pursuit of improved literacy to your students. Check out the PA Forward Literacy Intitiatives
     
  14. Show the film, "The Economics of Happiness", which provides an interesting perspective on the effects of globalization on local communites and quality of life. It will stimulate discussion about life choices and desired careers and communities. The library has a copy of the video for your use.
     

Speaker Resources for First Year Seminars

North Hall Library Tour
Contact is Sheila Kasperek, Library/Information Resources—Public Information, 217 North Hall, 662-4675, skaspere@mansfield.edu (FYS Library Assignment is attached)

Multicultural Affairs
Contact is Alan Zellner, Social Equity & Multicultural Affairs Officer, 123 Alumni Hall, 662-4071, ezellner@mansfield.edu

Acadmic Advising & Using WebAdvisor
Contact is Ryan Stanley, Enrollment Services Representative II, 224 South Hall, 662-4201, rstanley@mansfield.edu

Study Skills and the Learning Center
Contact is Kimberly Slusser, Director, 145 South Hall, 662-4150, kslusser@mansfield.edu

Career Development Center
Contact is Nichole Lefelhoc, Assistant Director, Alumni Hall, Ground Floor, 662-4133, nlefelho@mansfield.edu

Climbing Wall activities, Team Building Activities, Fitness Information,Fitness Center Tours
Contact is Amy DeLozier, Director, Kelcher Fitness Center, 662-4865, adelozier@mansfield.edu

Voter Registration
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Liberal Arts Education
excellent video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=updDFmidRmg

On-Line Learning Modules for Resiliency, Stress Management, Time Management, Debt Management, Note Taking, Test Taking, Study Skills 
available at: http://mansfield.edu/fye/modules/

Essay Assignment for Summer Reading

Essay Questions for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Essay Instructions: Choose one of the following questions and write a 500 word essay in response. Develop a point of view on the issue presented in the question and support your point of view using reasoning and examples from your reading, experience, and/or observations. Use one-inch margins, 12-point font, and double space your essay. Use MLA format for citing quotations. [See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/ for the MLA style guide.] Essays are due to your First Year Seminar instructor on the first day of class. 1. In Alexie’s book, Junior was certainly not the only person on his reservation to feel trapped, helpless, and hopeless. Why, when others on his reservation have given up, was Junior a survivor? What made him different from the others? Support your argument using specific examples from the novel, and cite them using MLA citation format. 2. Consider the title of the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and write an essay in which you examine Junior’s struggle for identity. In what ways does his identity change once he attends the white high school, and are there any ways that he remains the same person? How important is his sense of identity? Support your argument using specific examples from the novel, and cite them using MLA citation format. 3. Although The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been classified as a Young Adult novel, it has been banned in multiple school districts across the country. Write an argument in which you make a case for or against banning this book in middle schools or high-schools. Support your argument using specific examples from the novel, and cite them using MLA citation format.