Session 1 – Wed, Oct 16, 12:30-2

  • Why are we here? Chronicle of Higher Ed: That new hire needs your help
  • Meeting discussion topic – Promoting a healthy classroom climate
  • Teaching tip – The first 5 minutes of class
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – Afterthoughts
  • Read for next time – Bain text, Chap 2: What Do They Know About How We Learn?
  • Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Oct 1 – Teaching Philosophies and Portfolios
    • Oct 8 – Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments
    • Oct 15 – Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching
    • Oct 22 – Lesson Planning & Reflection
    • Oct 29 – Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching

Session 2 – Wed, Nov 27, 12:30-2 (TYKH 204)

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – Do you ever think about what you think about? How can metacognition make you a better teacher? Was there¬†anything¬†else in Chapter 2 that particularly struck you?
  • Teaching tip – Better Powerpoint slides
  • Canvas tip – Setting up student groups
  • Teaching Moment archive – How to “cheat-proof” your assignments
  • Read for next time – Bain text, Chap 3: How Do They Prepare to Teach?
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Nov 5 – Cognition & Learning
    • Nov 12 – “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning
    • Nov 19 – Emotionally Intelligent Teaching
    • Nov 26 – Assessing Student Work

Session 3 – Wed, Dec 4, 12:30-2

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – If you were to create a new college course (you may be doing this now!), what are the important questions you would ask yourself? After reading Chapter 3, what changed for you? 
  • Teaching tip – Breaking up lecture time with active learning
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – What to do with negative teaching evaluations
  • Read for next time – Bain text, Chap 4: What Do They Expect of Their Students?
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Dec 3 – Interpreting & Responding to Course Data
    • Dec 10 – Portfolios to Celebrate Success & Survival

Session 4 – TBD

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – What are some of the stereotype threats that affect your students? What do you currently do (or what could you change) to minimize these threats? (Bain, Chap 4)
  • Teaching tip – Low stakes assignments that get students to class on-time
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – Making the most of online discussions
  • Read for next time – Bain text, Chap 5: How Do They Conduct Their Class?
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Jan 7 – Teaching Philosophies and Portfolios
    • Jan 14 – Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments
    • Jan 21 – Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching
    • Jan 28 – Lesson Planning & Reflection

Session 5 – TBD

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – How do you create a natural critical learning environment for your students? After reading the chapter, how might you embed your discipline’s issues in larger contexts, using an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and solving problems? (Bain, Chap 5)
  • Teaching tip – Muddiest point and Three questions
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – Do your students have a gameplan for studying?
  • Read for next time – Bain text, Chap 6: How Do They Treat Their Students?
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Feb 4 – Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching
    • Feb 11 – Cognition & Learning
    • Feb 18 – “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning
    • Feb 25 – Emotionally Intelligent Teaching

Session 6 – TBD

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – Write about a highly influential teacher or professor in your own life. In what ways have they influenced your classroom? What techniques do you employ to develop trust between you and your students? (Bain, Chap 6)
  • Teaching tip – Collaborative testing
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – Timely feedback
  • Read for next time – Bain text, Chap 7 and Epilogue: How Do They Evaluate Their Students and Themselves?
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Mar 3 – Assessing Student Work
    • Mar 10 – Interpreting & Responding to Course Data
    • Mar 17 – Portfolios to Celebrate Success & Survival
    • Mar 31 – Teaching Philosophies and Portfolios

Session 7 – TBD

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – How should we determine whether students have learned in our class? What questions do you wish were on a student evaluation of teaching and why?
  • Teaching tip – Getting meaningful student feedback
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – The importance of student self-evaluation
  • Read for next time – Seven Big Lessons from a Retiring Professor
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Apr 7 – Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments
    • Apr 14 – Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching
    • Apr 21 – Lesson Planning & Reflection
    • Apr 28 – Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching

Session 8 – TBD

  • Discussion post and meeting topic – You’ll soon be writing your annual review narrative so it’s a good time to reflect. What have you learned about your students and about yourself that will impact your teaching going forward? What did you do this year that was most impactful in your classroom? What will you change and why?
  • Teaching tip – Overcome the “stuffed” lecture
  • Canvas tip –
  • Teaching Moment archive – Assignments that align with course objectives
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • May 5 – Cognition & Learning
    • May 12 – “Class Time” Lectures & Active Learning
    • May 19 – Emotionally Intelligent Teaching
    • May 26 – Assessing Student Work

Session 9 – TBD

  • End of the Year Celebration and Certificates!
  • Tuesday Teaching Talks (10-11:50 or 2-3:50)
    • Jun 2 – Interpreting & Responding to Course Data
    • Jun 9 – Portfolios to Celebrate Success & Survival

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