Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Summer 2018 Faculty Book Groups


We have a great line-up of faculty book groups coming up for the summer, and we hope you can join us for one of them!

To register, please review the descriptions below, select your favorite, and click on the book cover to register. After you register, please come by PC 237 to pick up your complimentary copy of the book. We're open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Monday through Friday.

Please note: BBC book group participants may pick up their books in HL 311 on the BBC campus.

To ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings; please review your calendar to confirm you can attend before signing up.


TeachStudentsHowToLearnReading

The Contemplative Mind in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

MMC
Thursday, May 10th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., PC 237
Thursday, May 17th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., PC 237
Thursday, May 24th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., PC 237

In an age of unparalleled distractions and external foci, Patricia Owen-Smith's book, The Contemplative Mind in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, asks us to explore the role of contemplation and self-reflection in higher education. Contemplative learning practices are a growing trend in university classrooms, where many professors employ nonsectarian, student-centered, active learning practices that deepen students learning, metacognition, self-regulation, and empathy. Explore some highlights of mindfulness and education research here. This text examines the history of contemplative learning, current research, contemplative practices, as well as challenges faced along the way, and finally a "Vision of Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century."

Sponsored by the Program in the Study of Spirituality, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA)

 

MyWord

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

MMC
Wednesday, May 23rd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PC 237
Wednesday, May 30th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PC 237
Wednesday, June 6th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PC 237

Hammond's book illuminates the connections between culture, the brain, and learning. We usually think of neuroscience and the study of culture as wholly separate spheres, but Hammond reveals the biological basis of culturally-responsive teaching. The brain makes far more neural connections in response to the proper stimulation, so we can exponentially enhance our teaching by finding ways to make our content and approaches relevant to students' lives, values, and ways of knowing. The book offers strategies for building "learning partnerships," and for understanding and connecting to students to enhance their learning. Participants will develop plans for implementing these strategies in their own classes.

 

TeachStudentsHowToLearnReading

Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning

BBC
Wednesday, June 6th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., HL 311
Wednesday, June 13th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., HL 311
Wednesday, June 20th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., HL 311

Please note: BBC book group participants may pick up their books in HL 311 on the BBC campus.

MMC
Thursday, June 14th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., PC 237
Thursday, June 21st, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., PC 237
Thursday, June 28th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., PC 237

Our SPOTS results offer valuable insight on our students' experiences in our courses; however, student feedback at the end of the semester is not enough to help us improve our teaching or student learning. In addition to student feedback, we need to know what, how and why we're teaching what we're teaching. This practical, evidence-based guide promotes excellence in teaching and improved student learning through self-reflection and assessment of our teaching. We'll review several instructor evaluation approaches and spend time critically reflecting on our teaching using Blumberg's model and a variety of self-assessment rubrics. The book includes case studies of completed critical reflection rubrics from a variety of disciplines to show how they can be used in different ways and how you can take advantage of the rich data you'll uncover to invigorate your teaching on your own terms.

 

 





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