TAMUCC's First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) Mission Statement
The First-Year Learning Communities Program (FYLCP) at TAMUCC empowers students to develop the habits of mind necessary to succeed as university students and as productive members of a global community by providing opportunities for meaningful connections with students, faculty, and staff.
Habits of Mind (Source):
Learning Community Goals
As members of the FYLCP, first-year students will:
- Explore the connections among academic courses and disciplines in a global context;
- Develop their critical thinking, communication, research, and information literacy skills;
- Enhance their ability to learn through reading, writing, discussion, and collaboration; and
- Reflect on their personal values, goals, and strategies for success.
What You Need to Do:
This semester, we've asked you to think in the abstract when considering the purpose of exploring the human condition through soft skills like communication, creativity, and time management. You created stellar presentations for a University Symposium to showcase your growth over the semester and how you've applied and transferred skills learned.
Reflect on your MOST significant learning experiences this fall. Consider everything you've done in ALL of your classes as well as your life outside of the classroom. How have you grown/changed most significantly since the semester started in August? Additionally, think about how you will utilize the skills learned in the future.
For each experience, you will need to refer to a piece of EVIDENCE or particular instance to represent the experience. Evidence can come in many forms (assignments, exams, notes, bills, grades, etc), but the evidence must already exist. Each reference to evidence should be usable, in other words do not just throw in a connection to a piece of evidence without backing it up. I expect a thoughtful link to your evidence.
Once you've selected your evidence, you will write something called a "Reflective Overview" (or RO) that will walk me through your evidence. The RO should begin with an introductory paragraph that introduces your assignment and provides an overview of what's to come. Then, for each piece of evidence, you should (1) describe what it is, (2) describe the significant learning experience or the "story" behind the evidence, (3) connect it to one/more of the Habits of Mind, and (4) relate it to the FYLCP goal (or goals) that you think it demonstrates best. Your RO should end with a satisfying conclusion that accepts all of your evidence as input and returns its value to your overall development this semester.
Your Fall 2018 Final Reflection will be written in class and turned in before you leave. If students would like to get a head start on this assignment, they may do so and bring it to class with them on the last day.
Instructions adapted from Sean Britt's Final Portfolio assignment