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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Students’ 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!
We’re back in 2018 to talk teaching, learning, and Fulbright awards with Dr. Erin Mikulec. She’s offering a new workshop series at CTLT that explores the many Fulbright teaching and research options available to faculty. In addition to previewing the workshops, Jim and Erin explore her experiences with the Study Abroad program her recent, award-winning scholarship in the field of teaching and learning, and how all of this ties back to the classroom. Plus, the virtues of mushy peas as a teaching tool!
What do our students need to acquire knowledge and make new meaning in our disciplines? What kind of literacies do they bring to the learning space that we must understand in order to guide them on their educational journey? In this episode, we discuss the theme of the 2018 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium, Expanding Notions of Literacy.
Claire, Dana, and Jim sit down and explore just what “new literacies” means and how this year’s annual conversation about student learning will encourage faculty to not only look beyond reading and writing, but also to consider how the perspectives of other disciplines can inform our own teaching. The Symposium aims to bring together colleagues from across campus and across disciplinary siloes.
Plus, we discuss Claire’s grammatically formal text messages, Jim’s (more learned and famous) namesake, and the important intersection of teaching, learning, and wine.
The deadline to register for the 2018 Teaching & Learning Symposium is Friday, December 15, 2017.
Claire has wrapped up teaching her eight week Learning in Communities course. We reflect on what she learned teaching freshmen for the first time in a decade, what worked, and what she'd change. We also explore her one bad day teaching the class, when a conversation went "off the rails."