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Thinking Hard on a Friday continued…


In another breakout session at the Fall Critical Thinking Institute for Teaching and Learning, held on Fri. Oct 5th, Jennifer Haber discussed Engaging Students in the Research Process. In her class, students can investigate subjects they find interesting, choosing from 18 topics in 6 modules to draw them into critical thinking, reading and writing. With these tools, the student is introduced to library resources, including MLA or APA styles, once again giving students choice. Students can use a number of visuals, a song, a poem, or a group project to demonstrate their understanding of critical thinking concepts. Students have a rubric to follow, along with tools like TurnItIn and SmartThinking (both tools can be access from inside Angel). Dr. Haber explains that Critical Reading is prized in class, telling students to “think about the audience, and use the discussion board within the class to expand your thinking.” To communicate with online students, Dr. Haber uses Camtasia.

For more details about all of the sessions at the Fall Critical Thinking Institute for Teaching and Learning, see the videos and other presentation materials are available on the Critical Thinking Gateway Website. A special thank you to Ursula Ryan for her contribution to this blog!

A new project also kicked off at the Fall Critical Thinking Institute. The part-time FACES group held their 1st meeting. It was a time to get to know one another, to focus on critical thinking, and to set expectations for the coming months. One of the highlights was exchanging peer feedback to improve teaching practices.

The October WITS Learning Event was held in the afternoon following the Critical Thinking Institute and covered Developing Critical Thinking Activities Using Reusable Learning Objects. In this learning session, the WITS teams shared how easy it is to find and use reusable learning objects to enhance and strengthen students’ learning. Something as simple as a book, a video, a chart, a study guide, or a worksheet can be considered reusable learning objects. However, thanks to the internet, learning objects have taken on new life as information resources or interactive software from a single image or a page of text to an interactive simulation, even an entire course.

Upcoming Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

The St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology program is celebrating Veterinary Technician Week and the one-year anniversary of its new facility at 12376 Ulmerton Road in Largo from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Check out one of the newest and coolest resources for critters around!

Watch for the College-wide Internship office career workshops on your campus. Internships – What Are They and How Do I Get One? will steer your students into hands-on training for careers. Susan Biszewski-Eber and Amy Apicerno will provide an overview of the SPC Internship Program and how students can gain this valuable work experience.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Artists’ Market Oct. 13-14 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Thirty local artists will be featured along with docent-led tours and other activities.

  • Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • the corner of Klosterman and Belcher Roads in Tarpon Springs.

If you have an interest in good health, the Community Ethics Forum: Pain Management Beyond the Politics is free at the Seminole Conference Center on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Learn how the public, media, community standards and pain experts can influence pain management.

Take a semester halfway break with Robert Rearden, Principal Horn of The Florida Orchestra at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 17 at the St. Petersburg College Music Center. Enjoy works by Brahms, Bach, Bozza and Dvořák, along with pianist Michael Linville, Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the New World Symphony, and Lucas Guideri, Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Florida Orchestra.

Save the Date!

The third annual All College Day will be held from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Clearwater Campus. Budgeted faculty and staff from all St. Petersburg College sites will gather for more than 200 concurrent sessions on Achieving the Dream, the College Experience, Student Success and much more throughout the day. Dr. Law will present the keynote address.

  • Show your SPC pride. Wear any SPC T-shirt.
  • Promoting carpooling with preferred parking – register here
  • NEW: Participate in the ‘social media invasion’ at All College Day and be entered in the drawing for prizes.

For more fun events, check out the Events Calendar on SPCollege.edu.

1 comment

  1. Hi CETL-ers and Critical Thinkers – I’d like to share service learning online I’ve just started in one of my classes:

    Online Class Team Parters each chose a cause to contribute to:

    Partners1: Humane Society

    Partners2: American Heart Association

    Partners3: Habitat for Humanity

    Partners4: American Cancer Society

    Partners5: Doctors Without Borders

    Partners6: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training

    The students each contribute 3 times to the common partner’s cause.

    What do you think?

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