Resources for First Year Seminar Instructors
The Bates First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar program at Bates is designed to accomplish a number of important goals in students’ transition to college. Primary among them are:
- to introduce first year students to college-level writing, and to the skills and competencies they will need to acquire to become critical thinkers and articulate communicators;
- to provide an advising cohort for first year students whereby you, their First-Year Seminar instructor, serve as their academic advisor until they officially declare a major;
- to create a community of support that introduces the first year student to the network of offices, advisors, mentors, organizations, and activities that can help to sustain them not only through this important transition, but for their entire career at the college.
The Writing-Attentive Curriculum at Bates College
The writing-attentive curriculum at Bates College is designed to provide students with a solid footing in using writing as a means for communication, scholarship, intellectual discovery and civic action. The First Year Seminar is a W1 course, which serves an integral role in helping first year students transition to college-level writing. Read more about Bates’ W1-W2-W3 vertical curriculum here.
Click on any of the listed resources below for guidance on how to design or update your FYS.
Teaching the FYS
Common Read Materials
|The 2019 Common Watch: Dolores (a documentary about the life and work of Dolores Huerta, Bates’ 2019 Commencement Speaker)|
|Bates Students (PWSAs) Respond to Dolores|
|2019 Common Read Suggested Activities|
Advising Your First Year Seminar Students
|First Year Advising Timeline||First Year Advising Best Practices for Course Registration|
|May 17 FYS Workshop Opening Talk w/ PowerPoint slides
|Accessible Education Workshop (August, slides and handouts)|
2016 and previous