teach & tell

2014-2015 Teach & Tell Presentations

Writing through the Curriculum (David Meola)
By virtue of our positions here at the university, we have all achieved a modicum of success writing. Yet our personal successes do not always translate to the same writing successes for our students. What this Teach & Tell will do is bring educators from across the university community together to interrogate how we can better serve our students by giving them better writing habits and skills. It is not just enough to put words to paper, but to craft those words within different disciplines to the highest standards. I will highlight my own struggles and highlights incorporating a writing-intensive environment to a History course, and work with you to do the same within your courses/discipline.

Improv for Creative Pedagogy (Elyzabeth Wilder)
This fun, interactive workshop offers an overview of improvisational exercises and techniques that can be adapted for classroom instruction regardless of subject.  The collaborative nature of improv gets students on their feet while building trust, communication and improving text comprehension

Studying Motion Pictures in the Classroom (Jeff Thompson)
Do you currently use film in your courses? How do you use / incorporate film in your classes? Are you curious about how colleagues build course content around film? What issues or problems have you faced with required film screenings? Come share your ideas on these questions and more.

A Metamorphosis of Mentorship (Thea Edwards) [and other resources]
Helping students develop the skills of scholarship is a primary goal for faculty mentors, who work with students engaged in independent study and research.  This is not an easy task and can be fraught with frustration on both sides of the mentoring relationship. In tandem with a mentoring program at the University of Florida, I and several colleagues used surveys and qualitative observations to develop a road map of the mentoring process, which we called a “Metamorphosis of Mentorship.”  We identified tangible steps on the road to becoming an independent scholar, discovered reasons mentees stall in research, and developed ways to overcome mentoring challenges and prevent attrition. I look forward to sharing our observations, which are also published as an open access article in the journal BioScience (http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1525/bio.2011.61.4.10).

Students' Learning States and How to Influence Them (Steve Raulston) [and other resources]
We’ve all had that experience when a class just soars, but we’re not sure exactly why.  Or its opposite, when, despite our most thorough preparation, things flop and we’re left wondering what went wrong.  One part of the answer probably lies in the states of mind in which we and our students approach our classes. This presentation will look at practical, sometimes subtle ways in which we as instructors can nudge our students toward states of anticipation and focused engagement that enhance their learning--and some of the reasons why these techniques are effective.  Not an authoritative neuroscience lecture, just some thoughts from a fellow teacher who’s still trying to get the basics right.

How Do You Build Rapport? (Jordan Troisi) [and other resources]
Discussion is at the heart of a liberal education, and indeed, learning itself. Yet, discussion in the classroom can be stifled when students are not comfortable with one another or feel apprehensive about speaking among their peers. This talk will apply the Relationship Closeness Induction Task, a validated psychological procedure, to the classroom. Because it establishes a norm for direct, meaningful conversation, it is particularly effective as a first day of class activity in discussion based courses. Jordan promises this will be an interactive session that is applicable to many kinds of classes. It’s never too early to start thinking about the first day of next semester!

A Constructivist Approach to Classroom Dynamics (Bill Engel) [and other resources]
Our first event in the new Teach & Tell series features Bill Engel, Nick B. Williams Professor of English. He will demonstrate and discuss The Caper Star Method, used to facilitate student-centered group-work on constructivist projects. Bill says this will be an interactive and active session, so come ready to learn!