The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s (CTEI) Learn@Lunch series is an opportunity for University of Hartford faculty to lead and engage in discussions about teaching and learning. The sessions (typically 3-4 each semester) are designed to encourage faculty to share and explore new teaching methods and are intended to foster collegiality, community, and peer support around teaching. Each semester the topics vary and are selected based on feedback from faculty and with the guidance of the CTEI Faculty Advisory Committee.
Lynne Kelly and Bob Duran, School of Communication, A&S
Many courses require students to work in groups because it is a valuable method for teaching them how to collaborate with others to solve problems, generate ideas, and participate in real-world tasks. Most faculty have encountered problems with student groups at one time or another. This Learn@Lunch session addresses key issues in managing groups in the classroom, from forming and evaluating groups to how to help students solve common problems like unequal effort and communication difficulties.
Video Link: https://ensemble.hartford.edu/Watch/d3ESo2n5
A presentation by Dr. Marcy Wood, University of Arizona
We often put students into small groups, hoping that this structure will allow more students to participate. However, our small groups often have the same problems as large groups: a few people dominate while others hang back, resulting in frustration all around. This workshop will explore the role of status in student participation and will provide tools for analyzing and addressing issues with student engagement in group settings.
Dr. Marcy Wood, Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, has been studying and working with student groups for more than a decade. She works with teachers of students from kindergarten to graduate school, helping teachers create equitable learning opportunities for their students. She is a co-author of Smarter Together! Collaboration and Equity in the Elementary Math Classroom.
Link to Marcy Wood's presentation:
Rebecca M. Townsend, Humanities, Hillyer
Have you had an unplanned discussion that derailed the class, and made everyone unproductively uncomfortable? Would you like to plan for difficult conversations in class to deepen student learning and give them practice for civic conversations outside of class? Whether they are unplanned or planned, this session will help you manage difficult discussions, and consequently help students achieve learning goals and promote effective ways of speaking and listening with each other.
Nicholas Ealy, English and Modern Languages, A&S
This talk will explore what it means to read critically from a humanistic perspective and how to teach this to students within a variety of disciplines. Beginning with the perspective that students must approach texts with an open mind (as if they “know nothing”), this talk will place critical reading within the history of exegesis – a process of knowing that meaning is never straightforward, and that an insightful and “necessary” understanding of texts can only come through an examination of evidence coupled with commentary and analysis.
T Stores and Erin Striff, English and Modern Languages, A&S
Striff and Stores will discuss creative ways to develop oral communication skills in your classroom. They will present simple lesson plans and assessment tools for podcasts, formal presentations, interviewing, oral examinations and other methods. Time will be spent on adaptations and developing oral communication assignments in your discipline and in your classroom.
*Co-sponsored by 2018-2020 Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Humanist, Prof. Erin Striff