MARCH 2020
Please note:
This year's SUprSummit has been CANCELLED. 
We'll see you next year!

How To Make Working From Home Work For You

(Adapted with permission from the author)

First, work out your own Day Cycle. Some of you will be morning people; some of you will be evening people. Many of you will also have to fit in child care. Adapt this accordingly. The key thing to take away from it is think in chunks of time not in terms of 8 hours.

1. Divide your day properly. Loose and informal sounds lovely, but you are likely to find that work creeps into social time and you always feel guilty and as if you should be doing it.

2. “Walk to work.” This can be a trip round the block; walk the dog, or get on the cross trainer, or do some stretches, or any kind of exercise that works for you. It doesn't have to be vigorous; this isn’t about getting fit. It’s about moving and creating a process and separation of home from work. But "walk to work."

3. Take that coffee break at 10:30. Hang out at the cooler a.k.a. social media -(see below for information about the TTL's new Facebook group!) - then go back to work after half an hour or so.

4. Do what you always did for lunch. If you usually take an hour, take an hour; if you usually work through with a sandwich, do that then take a short break. Walk / nap / practice trumpet, whatever.

5. Go back to work for usual period with an afternoon break.

6. “Walk home from work." Seriously. Get up, go do exercise what ever that is. But crucially, *end the day.* (See #2.)

7. Tidy up work and put it away, even if that just means dumping stuff in a cardboard box.

8. Once the work day is ended, it's ended. Go watch tv / read a book / cook. Only if you would normally do a few extra hours go back to it, but even then, do it the same way you would have done, i.e., you take something out of the book/bag to work on, don't let it *flow.*

All of the above is variable but the key thing is to distinguish between work and leisure in the day, even if this means changing from one pair of pjs into another.

Let's get social

(while we maintain our distance)

Transformative Teaching & Learning is now hosting a private Facebook group. TTL will post 2-3x / week, and members will be able to make comments, ask questions, and post their own questions / topics.
Click to join the TTL Facebook Group
(When you click the link above, you will be asked a security question. This is to ensure that all members belong to the Shenandoah University community. In case you need a hint, the answer = Hornet.)
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Want to make sure that you aren't overloading your students with work?

Try using Rice University's Course Workload Estimator.

Enter details regarding reading, writing, and exams to see how that translates into out of class hours per week.
Would you like to learn more about different pedagogical strategies?

Are you interested in collaborating with a few like-minded colleagues? 

If you answered "yes" to either of these questions,
please consider applying to become a TTL Fellow.

What is the purpose of the TTL Fellow program?
  • As a TTL Fellow, you will take a "deep dive" into your teaching and students' learning. With the support of colleagues, you will identify a teaching-related issue you'd like to address, design a way to address it, and identify a way to share your lessons learned with others. Both new and more senior faculty are invited to join this learning community. All perspectives are welcome!
What are some ideas I can investigate as a TTL Fellow?
  • Ideas include but are in no way limited to: practicing geeky pedagogy; exploring the power of student teams; and encouraging compassion. Of course, you can always change your mind along the way if another topic interests you.
What are some ways in which I could share my lessons learned? 
  • Conference presentation
  • Journal article
  • TTL-hosted Lunch & Learn
  • Workshop at department / faculty meeting
  • Newsletter item for CTLT
What is the timeline for being a TTL Fellow?
  • The TTL Fellow program will start with a meeting in April (or May) of 2020.
  • TTL Fellows will be expected to attend a meeting once a month at a mutually agreed upon time. (There will be no meetings in June or July.)
  • The TTL Fellow program will end in May of 2021. 
What are the benefits of being a TTL Fellow?
  • Having the opportunity to explore a teaching-related issue
  • Taking the time to fully focus on improving your practice
  • Being part of a community of like-mind colleagues
  • Designing a culminating project that meets your professional needs
  • Earning a really cool badge for your email signature
How do I apply to be a TTL Fellow?
  • The TTL Fellow application takes less than 10 minutes to complete . . . the only information you need to provide is (a) your name, (b) your school, and (c) the teaching-related idea you'd like to investigate further. 
  • Applications are due April 13.
What if I still have questions?
Although we are all teleworking, the TTL Team is still here for you!
If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact us directly.
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