Teaching Roundtables

Following the positive response to last year’s Teaching Roundtables series, the CTE will again be hosting a number of informal conversations on a range of teaching topics this fall. Some fully remote, some in person, Teaching Roundtables typically begin with two BC faculty briefly sharing their thoughts about a particular teaching question, followed by open discussion with the group. Faculty and graduate student instructors are welcome to attend.

Exploring Trauma Informed Approaches to Contemplative Pedagogy

Thursday, September 23, 2:00-3:00 (via Zoom)

As our nation grapples with the suffering caused by COVID-19, political unrest, and racial and gender-based violence, some instructors have been turning more to contemplative and trauma-informed pedagogies to help them newly imagine what it means to construct supportive and empowering learning environments for their students and themselves. Join your colleagues to hear about their experiences experimenting with contemplative and trauma-informed pedagogies in the classroom and to share your own questions and ideas. The session will begin with brief reflections from Oh Myo Kim (CDEP) and Paula Mathieu (English) about their own teaching practice and then shift to an open discussion.

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Helping Students Become Practitioners

Thursday, November 4, 10:00-11:00 (via Zoom)

Preparing students for work in our fields requires not just instilling knowledge and technical skill, it also involves formation of professional identities and dispositions that characterize a dedicated practitioner. While this aspect of teaching takes on a particular focus in our professional schools and clinical settings, it is relevant to our work across the university. Join your colleagues to hear about how they’ve approached formative teaching in their fields, and to share your own questions and ideas. The session will begin with brief reflections from Sue Coleman (Social Work) and Tam Nguyen (CSOM) and then shift to open discussion.

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Assessing Learning In and Across Our Disciplines

Thursday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 (via Zoom)

Although assessment practices can vary greatly across disciplines, instructors share common challenges in their attempts to meaningfully evaluate student learning. How do we design assignments to give students their best chance at demonstrating their knowledge and skills? How can we maximize the usefulness of our feedback to students while managing our own workloads? This session will bring together perspectives from STEM and the Humanities on assessment, beginning with brief reflections from Juliana Belding (Math) and Dana Sajdi (History), about their own teaching practice. Then we’ll gather in two groups, one centered on STEM and one on Humanities, for a chance to share experiences, questions and ideas before coming back together as a full group.

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Accommodation Requests

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.edu.

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