Monday Musings

from The Kravis Center 

Monday, January 21, 2019 

Dear Colleagues,

 

What an awesome Pelican Day! Many thanks to Elizabeth Parada's organization of this event and to all those who led workshops. I wish I could've attended them all. Community events like these allow me to keep on keepin' on in the face of news of the government shutdown, terrorist attacks, and global warming - not to mention a predicted high of 5 degrees for Monday.


A quick shout out to the Norton Center for facilitating a fantastic discussion of affirmative action last week. And anticipatory shout outs to PRISM and all those who will participate in this week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Many of you whet your appetites for Saturday's MLK Pelican Day by reading links included in last week's Monday Musings. If you are interested in some follow-up listening recommendations, check out the links in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion section below.


Rachel, on behalf of the Kravis Center

 

 

 

 

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. try your hand at this civil rights quiz care of the NYT!


If you, like me, have trouble finding time to curl up with a book, but spend more time than you would like running around the house picking up other people's laundry and toys, then check out these podcasts:


Teaching in Higher Ed: "Teaching with Compassion"


Harvard EdCast: "A Promise for Education"


Teaching While White: "White Fragility: Part One"

Spotlight on . . . 

 

BLTs (Books on Learning and Teaching): This year we are running one BLT on James Lang's Small Teaching, which argues that we can positively impact student learning by making small changes in our pedagogy that are informed by brain science. Last week we had a fascinating discussion about how asking students to make predictions related to course content leads to more engagement with, and longer retention of, the material. For our next meeting, participants will complete this quiz on brain science put out by the authors of Neuroteach. How will you fare on this quiz? If you read Small Teaching or Neuroscience, or have listened to Scott MacClintic or Sara Deveaux talk in the last several years, I predict that you will do quite well.


Eval A and B

Participants in Evaluation A have been composing, or modifying, their statements of educational philosophy, while those in Evaluation B have been busy using the Swivl (a recording device that follows the teacher around the room) in their classes.


Interested in writing or reviewing your own educational philosophy? Read this.


Wanna be convinced to join all the cool kids and Swivl? Read this.

Professional Development Opportunities

 

January 24:

  • "Curious about bringing your class to the PHI?" with Scott MacClintic and Jen Solomon (7:50-8:45 a.m., PHI)
                
  •  "Are you wondering how to incorporate study strategies into your content? Are there efficient ways to help students "study smarter, not harder"? Can we help students stop stressing out while still getting through our curriculum? Help our students learn effective study strategies" with Lena Sadowitz (7:50-8:45 a.m. Kravis Center)


January 31:

The Writing Initiative at Loomis is hosting the CAIS Conference Writing in Math/Math in Writing featuring Dr. Ben Fischer and Hudson Harper.


February 11-14:

Open Classroom Week


February 21:

  • "Curious about bringing your class to the PHI?" with Scott MacClintic and Jen Solomon (7:50-8:45 a.m., PHI)

  • "Are you wondering how to incorporate study strategies into your content? Are there efficient ways to help students "study smarter, not harder"? Can we help students stop stressing out while still getting through our curriculum? Help our students learn effective study strategies" with Lena Sadowitz

                    (7:50-8:45 a.m., Kravis Center)


External PD Opportunities


Remember that April 1 is the deadline to apply for funding for summer PD for both the Dean of Faculty's office and for the Kelly Fund for international travel (talk to Alec McCandless about the latter). Here is the link to external professional development opportunities. This is a live document open to all faculty, so please feel free to add comments or PD opportunities that you may have had and would like to share. 

 

 

Kravis Center portal page

 

Please fill out this form for suggestions for Thursday morning PD opps.

 

 

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