Friday, March 6, 2015

TCTC Professional Development Day

On Tuesday, March 3, TCTC students had no school.  Was it because of wintry weather?!  No, this time it was for Professional Development Day.

Every semester, the students get a day off so that the faculty and staff can have a day for planning and development.  This year, we spent the morning learning about various topics such as leadership, teaching, accreditation, and project management.

My favorite part of the day was the afternoon spent with the entire division of Student Support and Engagement.  I work in the library at our Easley campus and don’t see many of my coworkers on a daily basis, so I love the times when we all get together!  On this occasion, we had several fun team-building exercises to work on in small groups.  How tall do you think you could build a tower using nothing but spaghetti and marshmallows?  My team had a tall tower going until it began collapsing under its own weight.  Do you think you could keep a dropped egg from breaking with nothing but a paper plate, masking tape, and a few straws, toothpicks, and marshmallows?  It’s harder than it sounds, but my team managed it!

Sure, these exercises sound silly (particularly for a bunch of adults), but they get the point across in a fun way.  Our teams were learning how to work together to solve problems so that we may better help the students – our true goal!

Allison Read
Easley Library Coordinator

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