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Let's Talk Teaching

Join members of the CTLT team and special guests in a discussion about teaching and professional development for faculty at Illinois State. New episodes are generally available on Fridays, with special bonus episodes appearing from time-to-time.

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Newest Episodes

Ep. 042: Organizing Students' Experiences article thumbnailJim and Julie-Ann continue their conversations exploring ways to organize student experiences, including through the use of storytelling. They discuss the importance of moving students from behavior to cognition, and Julie-Ann introduces a new way for students to learn with those tired, old flashcards! 
Bonus Episode: 2018 Summer Reading Challenge article thumbnailLearn about a new summer reading program for faculty, staff, and graduate students at Illinois State University. In this brief bonus episode, Claire and Jim discuss how this new initiative, in partnership with Milner Library, challenges participants to move a little out of their comfort zones to explore new aspects of teaching and student learning. 
Ep. 041: Concept Maps article thumbnailAs we continue to explore How Learning Works, Dr. Julie-Ann McFann joins Jim to talk about learning, leaping, and... Wile E. Coyote. Learn how concept or mind maps can help students organize their experiences for deep, critical thinking. 
Ep. 040: Prior Knowledge article thumbnailStudents’ prior knowledge-- what they bring to the classroom from their other learning experiences-- can be the proverbial double-edged sword. This week, Claire and Jim dive into the book How Learning Works and the first of the seven research-based principles it describes. Learn why “knowing” is not enough, and how we as teachers need to activate the knowledge students bring with them before we can build upon it. We also discuss the perils of situations when students’ prior knowledge is inaccurate, and why it’s important for teachers to identify what knowledge is important for our particular learning environment (think “grammar”). Plus, we discuss strategies for helping a handful of students “catch up” without boring the rest of the class! 
2018-05-14T12:01:04.436-05:00 2018