ICEBREAKER PROMPTS

My favorite movie is ...

My favorite actor or actress is ...

My favorite musician (or type of music) is ...

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to ...

My favorite food is ...

The thing that makes me happiest is ...

My family ...

The most important thing in my life is ...

To have fun, I ...

I like or hate technology because ...

My dream car is a ...

My dream job is ...

The craziest thing I ever did was ...

Source: Elizabeth F. Barkley. Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. [pages 116-117]







HIST 151 US HISTORY TO 1877
First class session, 31 August 2016

I'm Dave Lambert. I hope you had a great summer.

We are going to have fun together this semester--while learning much in the process.



SORRY, NO CRASHING

I won't be able to add anyone who is not already registered.



TODAY'S SCHEDULE

Class will be shortened (9:20-10:05) today and Friday due to special Chapels.

I will send this link to you via email.

1. Prayer

I will pray for us every class and ask if you have a prayer request or a praise you feel comfortable publicly. Please feel comfortable in your own approach to worship.

My church: Grace Church (Baptist) in Glendora (the Spanish-language ministry)

My wife's church: St. Dorothy's Catholic Church in Glendora)

I will rarely talk about myself, but I today have a praise.

2. My thorn in the flesh
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Thorn+in+the+Flesh

Integrating my faith into our class is natural for me. So I want to start off the semester doing so.

3. Home wiki: The Learning Professor
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/

4. Our course page
Always turn to this page for our daily schedule
[This outline is on that page.]
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/HIST+151+Today

You will need to have a laptop and bring it to every class session.

Why do I handle class this way?

What's on the wiki (in general) for our purposes

5. Class roster and your lovely pictures

Crucial for me to learn your names and to get to know you

A. Sawubona: I see you (South Africa greeting)

[Per Kimberly B. W. Denu, Ph.D., vice president/chief diversity officer at APU
Inclusive Excellence: Integrated and Intentional Diversity
http://www.apu.edu/articles/inclusive-excellence-integrated-and-intentional-diversity/]

"During my time in South Africa as a Fulbright scholar, I became familiar with the Zulu greeting sawubona. Although similar to 'hello,' the actual translation is, 'I see you!' I love this greeting because the meaning goes beyond seeing the physical person. It actually means I see your value and worth."

B. Failure of empathy (read this at home at your leisure)
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/failure-empathy

6. Syllabus
Not entirely complete
It will be online

Major thrust of the syllabus:

A. No text.

B. Laptop required

C. Grade based on:

4 exams, multiple-choice, 50 questions each
2-page writing assignment

7. Icebreaker activity

Equally crucial for you to get to know each other.

I don't ever want you to be embarrassed at having to speak.
I understand second-language issues.
Story: My student who suffered from a stuttering problem.

We will be doing a ton of what is called THINK-PAIR-SHARE, so I wanted to use it in our very first class together.

To set a good example for you [giving credit where credit is due], I got these ideas from the following source:
Elizabeth F. Barkley. Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. [pages 116-117]

Are you ready?
Here goes!!

A. Take the 3x5 card and write on it the following three items
Your name
Where you are from
The answer to one of these following questions:

Question prompts:

My favorite movie is ...
My favorite actor or actress is ...
My favorite musician (or type of music) is ...
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to ...
My favorite food is ...
The thing that makes me happiest is ...
My family ...
The most important thing in my life is ...
To have fun, I ...
I like or hate technology because ...
My dream car is a ...
My dream job is ...
The craziest thing I ever did was ...

B. Now, introduce yourself to the person next to you. Read what's on your card to him/her.

C. When you are done, here is what we will do next.

D. Switch cards.
Introduce your partner to the class by reading the card to us.

E. Leave the card on your table. I want to keep them as a start to getting to know you.

8. Homework

A. Please read my bio sketch

I will try real hard to get to know about and connect with you. Hopefully, you will see some ways you can connect to things in my past. It would please me greatly if you would read carefully through my biographical sketch on the following page of our wiki:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/About+Me

B. INFORMATION CARD
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Info+Card

Use the 4x6 white card I have provided you.
Fill out the Information Card at home and bring it to class on Friday.

9. On Friday during class time, I'll talk about history and how we will approach our semester task.

10. High Fives as we leave the classroom.

Here is why I like to do High Fives:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/High+Fives