illustration by Clare Reid A positive classroom climate—one in which students feel personally connected to one another and where they feel respected and seen by the professor—can feel like a luxury. But, as Barr reminds us in his 2016 review of the literature (IDEA Center), climate matters.
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illustration by Clare Reid In “Legitimating Reflective Writing in SoTL” (Sept. 2019, Teaching and Learning Inquiry), authors Alison Cook-Sather, Sophia Abbot, and Peter Felten argue that reflection—a powerful teaching and learning tool—is discounted by many teachers because of “dysfunctional illusions of rigor.”
illustration by Clare Reid In “Interpreting Students’ Experiences with Academic Disappointments Using Resourcefulness Scores as a Lens” (2019, Teaching and Learning Inquiry), authors Rebecca Martin and Deborah Kennett describe their qualitative study of twenty college students who had experienced academic disappointments. Crucially, these students varied in terms of resourcefulness (defined here as the ability to… Read more »
Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS) at TLISI provide a design thinking space for Georgetown faculty and staff to work through a curricular or pedagogical challenge.
Yet again the first day of classes is upon us. But what will we do with it?
Many of us are struggling to adapt to a news cycle that, these days, regularly delivers disturbing and even horrifying news. Many of our students are struggling, too. They may have personal connections or reactions to a variety of things being talked about in the media: ongoing gun violence, and especially the recent attack against… Read more »
In CNDLS’ work on the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning we aspire to promote not only student well-being on our campus but also a vibrant conversation on well-being that extends beyond our walls.
Here’s a question you probably don’t hear very often as you begin a semester: Are you too prepared for your classes? But that’s the question professor James Lang of Assumption College asks in his essay “How to Prepare for Class Without Overpreparing,” now up on the Chronicle of Higher Education website. As Lang argues, “the college… Read more »
With the semester winding down, are you looking for a few excellent books for your summer reading list? CNDLS has you covered. In our new Teaching Commons Bibliography, you’ll find a treasure trove of readings—articles and books—on a range of teaching and learning topics. Maybe you’ll want to dig into the complexities of mentoring with… Read more »
Have you ever had a mentor—someone who took the time to meet with you, to let you know that they believed in you, to share inside information about higher education generally and the field more specifically? If you’re successful and satisfied in your work, the answer is probably yes; many academics have at one time… Read more »