Mentee Info

Planning Your Semester

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This newsletter contains information that will help you plan your semester.

Why Plan?

I've found that the more I can plan in advance, the more time I have throughout the week to grade, answer student emails, etc.

Jigsaw

  • I like to plan a schedule for my weekly Jigsaw sessions before the semester starts.
  • As I create my presentations for each week, I bold that week in my schedule so I know that I've completed that presentation.
  • Once I have the schedule, I can put it in the weekly newsletters.
  • HINT: I like to upload my presentation as a PDF. I've found annotating the "slides" works better that way. Having the presentation as a PDF means I can upload the PDF to the course for students that might want a copy of the presentation.
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This is an example of my schedule for this semester. I like knowing what I will be doing in advance.

Weekly Newsletters

  • I also like to make as many weekly newsletters as possible in advance. That way, all I have to do each week is send them out.
  • Next semester, I can copy the weekly newsletters and simply edit them for the course I'll be teaching.
  • In the newsletter, I like to let them know what we will be doing that week, give them some encouragement/tips/hints, include a picture of their two-week schedule, information about their weekly synchronous session.
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News Announcements

  • I also like to post as many news announcements as possible in advance.
  • I save the HTML code for each news announcement because many can be reused from semester to semester with little to no editing.
  • I also like to create a schedule of my news announcements. When I create that news announcement in the course, I bold that announcement in my schedule and add the date. This isn't necessary, but it helps me keep track of the announcements.

This link has copies of the HTML of all of my news announcements:

My news schedule (as an example):

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Some Extra Goodies to Help Make Your Semester Easier

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