Graduate Student Teaching Colloquia

The Colloquium is held each Monday from 2:15-3:15 pm, in 1038 Oldfather Hall (aka the philosophy common room).  Contact Chelsea Richardson:  ChelseaLrichardson[at]gmail.com

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".