Every fall semester the TLC invites new faculty members (within your first two years at Wake Forest) to join together to talk about teaching, sharing classroom successes, problems, strategies and ideas. We read How Learning Works (Ambrose et al, 2010) to ground our discussions in the research on learning. The books are provided to participants by the TLC and the group will meet five times during the fall semester: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45pm: 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15. Email Catherine Ross to register (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Join us for our popular faculty book discussion group! This fall we will be exploring, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, (Lang, 2016). In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. Let’s meet and talk about small changes we might make in our own classrooms.
This book group will meet on three Fridays this semester (9/30, 10/14, and 10/28) from 12:30-1:45. We will provide the book and lunch at all sessions. To register, please email Kristi Verbeke (email@example.com). These discussions are very popular so we ask that you register only if you are available to attend all three sessions.
Teaching and Learning STEM
Join us for a special STEM faculty book discussion group, led by our faculty fellow, Dr. Anita McCauley from the Biology Department! This group will be discussing Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Felder and Brent, 2016). This book focuses on the practical application of research-based strategies for designing and teaching STEM courses. It has been called “hands-down the best instruction manual for professors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that you can find.” [Barbara Oakley, PhD]. It is intended to equip you to implement strategies in your courses and deal effectively with problems (including student resistance) that might occur in the implementation.
This book group will meet on four Tuesdays this semester (10/4, 10/18, 11/1, and 11/15) from either 8:30-9:30 OR 3:30-4:30 (we will pick based on the group member’s preference). We will provide the book and refreshments at all sessions. To register, please email Kristi Verbeke (firstname.lastname@example.org) and rank order your time preference for the discussion (morning or afternoon).
Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment
Join us for a collaborative book discussion facilitated by Shayla Herndon-Edmunds of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Catherine Ross of the Teaching and Learning Center. We will meet three times to discuss the three sections of the book: How We Think about Our Work, How We Engage in Our Work, and Measuring the Impact of Our Work. The book’s preface argues that “educators must be holistically (mind, body, spirit) committed to developing more global, progressive racial understanding toward equity in higher education, particularly as it pertains to the enactment of Critical Inclusive Pedagogies. We must acknowledge that racism is a transnational problem. The capacity to acknowledge the deeply entrenched inequities that exist in society and are reflected on our campuses and in learning spaces is critical.” This book group will meet on three Thursdays this semester (9/29, 10/13, 10/27) from 12:30-1:45. We will provide the book, and lunches at all sessions. To register, please email Catherine Ross (email@example.com).