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Spring 2016

Syllabus Design (Required)

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Although a seemingly simple document, the syllabus has the potential to be a powerful teaching tool. By setting the stage for why your course matters, clarifying for students what they need to do to succeed, and establishing expectations for your classroom community, the syllabus can pave the way for a more successful semester for everyone. In this seminar, we’ll review some of the key roles the syllabus can play and discuss how a “backwards design” approach to syllabus development can lead to a more coherent course overall. Tim Lindgren and Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than January 22nd.

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Grading Fairly (Required)

Monday, February 08, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Grades can be a significant source of feedback, both evaluating performance and guiding future learning. They can also be a source of doubt and anxiety -- before students even see them! This session will explore ways to make grading more creative and constructive, and less stressful for both instructors and students. Sarah Castricum and Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 2nd.

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Building Inclusive Classroom Communities: Communication Strategies for TAs & TFs (Elective)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, McGuinn 521

A workshop offered by Dr. Maura Cullen. This honest and engaging program will inspire people to create more inclusive classroom communities. One challenge in achieving this goal is our own fear – and that of our students – of being judged and misunderstood. This fear prevents good people from taking meaningful action. At times we are so afraid of saying the ‘wrong’ thing that we make the biggest mistake of all which is to say nothing. Our patterns of communication are vital to our success when exploring such explosive issues as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disabilities, age, and religion. This award-winning session gets beyond our fear of saying the ‘wrong’ thing and teaches more effective and compassionate ways to connect. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 3

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Designing and Grading Non-Traditional Assignments (Elective)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

When we ask students to hand in assignments that move beyond traditional papers and exams, how do we design them so students can succeed and we can grade them fairly? This session will look what happens when our assignments incorporate less conventional media (website, video, blog posts, social media) or genres (a dialogue, a poem, a letter to the editor) and will offer guidelines for effective assignment design when trying something new. Tim Lindgren and Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 11th.

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Re-Imagining the Lecture (Elective)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

New approaches to teaching now give us many alternatives to the lecture, but speaking and presentation skills can still be essential in the classroom. This session will explore ways to deliver engaging content and make the most of a strong lecture by interweaving it with other types of learning activities. Tim Lindgren and Sarah Castricum will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 17th.

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Classroom Climate & Classroom Management (Required)

Wednesday, March 02, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

This workshop provides a practical discussion of how to foster a positive classroom climate that cultivates student learning. ACT participants will discuss practical strategies for creating and maintaining classroom guidelines and policies within a framework that promotes inclusive classroom environments. Drew Reynolds and Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 25th.

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We Learn What We Do: Strategies for Active Learning (Elective)

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they can also seem challenging to develop and evaluate. This session will explore ways to structure activities that will meet your learning goals for your students and offer them the support they need to succeed. We will consider how to use active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. Sarah Castricum and Drew Reynolds will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 11th.

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Classroom Observations and Teaching Assessment (Required)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Being observed or evaluated can be intimidating for instructors, but it can also be the catalyst for some of our greatest professional growth. This session will explore proactive ways to seek and make the most of feedback throughout a teaching career. We will also address requirements for the teaching observation component of the ACT program. Sarah Castricum and Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 24th.

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Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom (Elective)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

The term “difficult dialogues” has come to be used to describe a range of charged interactions in the classroom, often focused on questions of diversity and social justice. Whether resulting from students’ reactions to course materials or to each other, these heated moments can leave teachers scrambling to regain control of the discussion. In this workshop, participants will discuss the factors that can lead to difficult dialogues and learn strategies both to prepare for and facilitate them. Stacy Grooters and Drew Reynolds will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 6th.

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Designing a Teaching Portfolio (Required)

Monday, May 02, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Who are you as a teacher? This workshop will prepare you to communicate your teaching identity through both the traditional means of a formal teaching philosophy and other mediums including personal websites and social media. The workshop will also discuss the requirements and expectations for the final teaching portfolio required as a part of the ACT program. Tim Lindgren and Drew Reynolds will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 26th.

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