CTLT's Early Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of service at ISU a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy.
Early Career Faculty Circles are also part of the University Faculty Mentoring Network (UFMN).
Sessions are duplicated on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Attend as many weeks as you can, but don't worry if you can't attend all!
No registration is required for these events. For the Fall 2020 semester, a Zoom link to these meetings will be sent through the Early Career Listserv.
During the fall of 2020, we will discuss effective teaching practices. We will start our discussion with an exploration of Yosso's Community Cultural Wealth model and how instructors recognize and honor the cultural assets students bring to the classroom. We will then connect those ideas with ideas drawn from the book How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose et al. The text introduces seven general principles that "provide instructors with an understanding of student learning that can help them see why certain teaching approaches are or are not supporting student learning." Understanding and integrating students' cultural wealth and principles for how students learn inform your teaching practices.
No reading is required for participation in these circles, but we will provide executive summaries of chapters. An electronic copy of the book is available through Milner Library. Participants who attend at least three sessions will receive a copy of the book.
Wednesday, August 26 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, August 27 • Noon to 1 p.m.
We will start our discussion about effective pedagogical practices by examining our views of the students we teach. Students bring cultural capital into their learning experiences and the ways that instructors view that capital has great impact on student success. Often, the capital that students from underrepresented groups bring to the classroom goes unrecognized or unvalued. In this session we will discuss Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth model and how an assets-based view of what students bring to the classroom can lead to student success.
Wednesday, September 9 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, September 10 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Students’ prior knowledge can be a good thing … or it can be a bad thing. We can help students make connections between current learning and prior knowledge, but we must also address student misconceptions about both the subject matter and their own level of knowledge.
Wednesday, September 23 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, September 24 • Noon to 1 p.m.
To be able to retrieve and apply knowledge effectively, students much make accurate and meaningful connections between pieces of knowledge. How students organize knowledge influences how they learn and apply what they know.
Wednesday, October 7 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 8 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Motivation plays a critical role in determining the quality of learning behaviors in which students engage. We will look at different types of student motivation as well as strategies for establishing the value of a learning goal or activity. Goal-directed practice and explicit feedback contribute to student mastery. We need to be aware that our own competence can sometimes blind us to the complexity of our subject matter.
Wednesday, November 4 • Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, November 5 • Noon to 1 p.m.
The climates we create in our classrooms have direct implications for student learning. Classrooms are never neutral spaces; they always impact student learning for good or ill.