Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia Fall 2018
October 1, 2018: This week in Teaching Colloquium, we discussed general methods and activity types to help with student participation in class. We also constructed the general framework of a specific activity to help with teaching ethical principles relevant to consent and communication.
September 10, 2018: Today the first meeting of the Teaching Colloquium was held. During the meeting, Mark Selzer presented some of the ideas he took away from the AAPT conference earlier this year. We also discussed general strategies for teaching early morning courses, and discussed the structure for the meetings that will follow.
Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia Spring 2018
March 12, 2018: This week in Teaching Colloquium we explored the potential effects of personalizing examples. Mark Selzer and Zach Wrublewski presented a schema for teaching specific philosophical principles through crafting a helpful progression of examples (which is the general topic of our proposed AAPT workshop presentation.)
March 5, 2018: This week in Teaching Colloquium we discussed 1) intrinsic motivation, 2) methods for helping struggling students, 3) helping students with study habits, and 4) classroom safety and security.
February 26, 2018: This week in Teaching Colloquium we discussed 1) writing tips for introductory students, 2) strategies to mitigate the "backfire effect," and 3) strategies for improving attendance and participation in classes.
February 12, 2018: AAPT Submission Workshop. This week in Teaching Colloquium we will be holding a workshop for a proposal by Aaron Elliott to the upcoming American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Bi-annual Conference. The submissions are due in mid February.
February 5, 2018: AAPT Submission Workshop. This week in Teaching Colloquium we will be holding a workshop for a proposal by Mark Selzer and Zachariah Wrublewski to the upcoming American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Bi-annual conference. The submissions are due in mid February.
January 29, 2018: This week in Teaching Colloquium we discussed strategies for working with both introverted and extroverted students, strategies for working with international students and non-native English speakers, the merits and demerits of implementing participation grades for introductory courses, and ways to eliminate bias when assessing participation grades.
January 22, 2018: AAPT Submission Workshop. This week in Teaching Colloquium we will be discussing and revising our submissions for the American Association of Philosophy Teachers Bi-annual conference. The submissions are due in mid February.
Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia Spring 2017
February 27, 2017: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will discuss Harry Brod's "Philosophy Teaching as Intellectual Affirmative Action". Click here
February 20, 2017: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will hold our first Teaching Colloquia: Monthly Clinic. Anyone may join us for informal discussion and advice on how to address issues you're having in the classroom. I especially encourage those who are newer to teaching to join us this week and share and discuss your experiences as newer teachers.
February 13, 2017: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will discuss Conception & Eflin's "Enabling Change" Click here
February 6, 2017: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will discuss Brian Besong's "Teaching the Debate" from the forthcoming "Teaching Philosophy". Click here
January 30, 2017: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will address three topics: discussing any issues that have come up in our current teaching assignments, developing a list of things we would like to read this semester, and discussing the time and nature of our new monthly teaching clinic.
Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia Fall 2016
November 30, 2016: Teaching Colloquium is suspended for the rest of the semester.
November 22, 2016: Teaching Colloquium is cancelled this week due to the Thanksgiving Break.
November 16, 2016: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will be working in more detail with the Paul Green article from last week. Click here
November 9, 2016: This week in Teaching Colloquium we will be discussing current issues that we are facing in our teaching as well as the attached article. Click here
November 2, 2016: This week we will read Chapter 4 of L. Dee Fink's "Creating Significant Learning Experiences". Feel free to poke around the rest of the book, but we will focus on Chapter 4. Click here
October 26, 2016: The Graduate Student Teaching Colloquium moves on from its discussion of learner-centered pedagogy into a new series on course alignment. This is a pedagogical strategy that aims to consistently align lectures, classroom activities, and out-of-class assignments with carefully chosen learning objectives. We will read Chapter 3 of L. Dee Fink's "Creating Significant Learning Experiences". Feel free to poke around the rest of the book, but we will focus on Chapter 3. Click here
October 3, 2016: The Graduate Student Teaching Colloquium will move on from the step-by-step method, but continue our current theme of learner-centered pedagogies. For next week's reading Click here
September 21, 2016: The Graduate Student Teaching Colloquium will further discuss more concrete applications of learner centered pedagogy this week. For the article being discussed Click here
September 14, 2016: The Graduate Student Teaching Colloquium is CANCELLED for this week. For the article being discussed next week Click here
September 7, 2016: This week Teaching Colloquium will move forward from last week's discussion of learner centered pedagogy, to a more concrete application of this pedagogy. For the article being discussed Click here
August 31, 2016: This week we will be discussing the concept of learner-centered teaching. This semester, the hope is to address problems you all might be facing as teachers, and to discuss topics in the literature on teaching philosophy.
Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia Spring 2016
February 23, 2016: We will be discussing challenges we might be having in the classroom.
February 16, 2016: Gabe Bruguier will be leading a discussion concerning the problem of group work and giving students the option of ejecting a member who is not pulling their weight in the group. He will also consider alternatives to this option that do not involve ejection from the group.
February 9, 2016: We will be watching and discussing Michael McMahon's TED Talk about enhancing and balancing teaching, research, and administration in higher education.
January 26, 2016: Chelsea Richardson will be discussing "condensed scaffolding."
Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia Fall 2015
November 30, 2015: Cancelled for rest of the semester. The Teaching Colloquia will resume in the upcoming Spring 2016 Semester.
November 23, 2015: Cancelled.
November 16, 2015: Gabe Bruguier will be presenting on something very special: the "Amazing Teaching Coloquium Spectacular!" This is his self-chosen title.
November 9, 2015: Cancelled.
November 2, 2015: Today we will watch and discuss a podcast episode called "In Praise of Think Pair Share" from the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast. In this episode Jennifer Gonzales explains, "Sometimes the simplest techniques are the most effective. Think-Pair-Share is a humble but powerful teaching strategy that’s due for some attention. In this episode, I talk about the benefits of Think-Pair-Share, plus some tips for making it work better for you."
October 26, 2015: This week's discussion will feature Dana Laufenberg's TED Talk entitled "How to Learn? From Mistakes." In this video "Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching — including a key insight about learning from mistakes."
October 19, 2015: Fall Break
October 12, 2015: This week's discussion will feature a TED Talk by Dan Pink called "The Puzzle of Motivation".
October 5, 2015: Cancelled.
September 28, 2015: Dr. Adam Thompson will be presenting "Best Teaching Practices".
September 14, 2015: "Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom" using Johnathn Stolk and Robert Martello's discussion of intrinsic motivation as a starting point.
August 31, 2015: This week we will be discussing Maurice Ashley's "Working backward to solve problems". The topic is using retrograde analysis in teaching and learning.
August 24, 2015: This week the topic will be 'Using Video to Teach Philosophy' and we will be using a TED Talk by Salman Kahn called "Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education".