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With a severe winter storm forecast to affect our area during Saturday night and Sunday, residential students are asked to postpone their return to campus to Monday afternoon or, for those whose class schedules allow, Tuesday. Students, please do not arrive on campus Sunday, and check back here throughout the storm's duration for the latest advisories. Those students whose travel arrangements do not allow for a return to campus on Monday or Tuesday will be permitted to arrive during the day on Saturday and will be able to access their residential space by ID swipe. (Please note that meal plans go into effect with the Sunday evening meal.)

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Fall 2018 Learn@Lunch Series

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.

Managing Groups in the Classroom

Lynne Kelly and Bob Duran, School of Communication, A&S

Friday, September 28, 11:30 aM -1:00PM

Slobodkina Reading Room, Outside of Hillyer Hall

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.

Outline for Managing Groups in the Classroom Workshop

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Smarter Together: Getting All Students Engaged in Group Work

A presentation by Dr. Marcy Wood, University of Arizona

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM  1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Woods Classroom, University Libaries

 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.

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Managing Difficult Discussions in the Classroom

Rebecca M. Townsend, Humanities, Hillyer

Tuesday, October 30, 12:15 pm -1:45 pm

Slobodkina Reading Room, Outside of Hillyer Hall

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.

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The Benefits of Knowing Nothing: Teaching Critical Reading from a Humanistic Perspective

Nicholas Ealy, English and Modern Languages, A&S

Thursday, NOvember 8, 12:15 pm -1:45 pm

Auerbach Hall, Room 110

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.

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Giving Voice: Developing Methods of Assessing Oral Communication*

T Stores and Erin Striff, English and Modern Languages, A&S

Friday, NOVEMBER 30, 11:30AM -1:00PM

Slobodkina Reading Room, Outside of Hillyer Hall

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

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