In addition to familiarizing yourself with the student resources so as to be able to direct our students to them when necessary, we also want our instructors to feel supported and prepared by FYC. As such, please consider the FYC-Office as a resource for all your teaching needs, and feel free to drop in and discuss any issues you are facing in the classroom or just to chat about your pedagogical approaches. 

Below are some other resources we think you may find helpful:

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Center for Teaching Excellence

The FYC-Office offers a series of professional development workshops throughout the semester aimed specifically at issues of import to teaching composition. More generally, the OU Center for Teaching Excellence offers a variety of resources for teachers, including resources for incorporating digital technologies into the classroom and communities aimed specifically toward graduate student teachers and faculty.

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OU Libraries

In addition to the wealth of access provided by the general library website, the OU library offers specific subject guides and resources. The guide for the humanities offers a collection if discipline-specific databases, as well as contact information for the humanities librarians, Kristal Boulden and Leorah Golomb, both of whom serve as excellent resources for us in teaching research.

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Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)

As composition instructors, we are often uniquely positioned to help students in the early stages of transitioning to student life.The University of Oklahoma has a number of resources aimed at giving our students the best possible chance to succeed on campus, not just academically but in all factors of life. Several of these resources have been placed under the umbrella organization of the University of Oklahoma’s Behavior Intervention Team (BIT), a group of trained campus professionals who respond to reports of disruptive or troubling behavior issues. BIT’s mission is to promote student, faculty and staff success and campus safety by identifying individuals who demonstrate behaviors that may be early warning signs of possible disruptive or violent behavior and intervene at the earliest possible point.

When to make a report:

If you have a student who is (or who you suspect might be)...

  • experiencing a decline in work or academic performance
  • demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior
  • showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight
  • having problems at home, with classes or work
  • making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers
  • sad, anxious or experiencing dramatic mood shifts
  • abusing alcohol or drugs
  • isolating themselves socially
  • acting paranoid or suspicious
  • frequently angry or easily frustrated
  • struggling with health problems

For more information on BIT, please visit the OU BIT/Compass section entry on our policies page.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) spells out directly the rights of our students in regards to access to their grades as well as what we can and cannot share with the family members of students. It is our responsibility as instructors to be familiar with FERPA guidelines. 

For information on what to do if the family member of a student contacts you, please visit the Responding to Parents section on the instructor policies page.

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Human Resources/Payroll

You can view and download your pay stubs at OU HR Self-Service. You can also update your contact and federal tax information through this service. If for any reason you have an issue or discrepancy with your pay, please begin by contacting the HR Payroll office at (405) 325-2961. If they tell you it is an issue with FYC, please contact Sara Knight.

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Backward Design

The First-Year Composition Office utilizes backward design in the creation of our lesson plans, meaning our daily activities are constructed with an eye toward larger student learning outcomes. 

Here is a brief rationale and explanation of the process of backward design. For fuller guides, see The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and the Understanding by Design Framework, also by Wiggins and McTighe.

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