Posts Categorized: Teaching Commons

A Reading List for Summer and Beyond

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 »

Values-Driven Teaching: Caring Holistically for Each Student

Among Georgetown’s foundational values, there are two that may seem hard to disentangle: care of the whole student and cura personalis. Both of these values concern caring for our students in thoughtful and complex ways—but each approaches those questions of care from different directions. Care of the whole student involves engaging the full humanity of… Read more »

Nervous About Technology in the Classroom? It’s Already There—and That’s Good News.

Even if you never touch the computer console that’s probably built into your room, even if you don’t know anything about blogs or have a policy against students working on laptops in class, you’re still working with technology—which is to say: practical, human-made tools that help you teach and that help your students learn. Seen… Read more »

Reflection: Turning Information into Meaning

Is the semester already starting to feel like a blur? Even early on, ideas and conversations accumulate quickly, and students (and faculty, too) may be doing all they can to keep up. Students may not be taking the time—they may not have the time—to integrate everything they’re learning or to connect it to other areas… Read more »

Building a Course for Everyone

No two courses are ever the same, even if it’s one you’ve taught over and over again, even if you’re not planning to make any changes. That’s because every time you teach a class you’re teaching a new group of students. Each group comes with its own range of learning styles, abilities, experiences, motivations, and… Read more »

Finish the Semester Like You Mean It

This time of year, we can clearly begin to see our courses winding down. For some of us, it might be a shock—didn’t class just begin? For others, it might feel like we’re in the last quarter-mile of a very long hike up a very tall mountain. Either way, the end of the semester is… Read more »

Mid-Semester Doldrums? Get Active (Learning)!

This fall, we’re using the CNDLS blog to highlight the Teaching Commons, a compilation of resources and case studies designed to help faculty revitalize their courses and gain insights into practical issues in pedagogy at Georgetown. As a living resource, the site continually evolves to encompass new scholarship in teaching and learning, as well as technological innovations that are changing and enhancing… Read more »