Faculty Round Tables Fall 2013
RSVP for all workshops to Keneika.Rowe@baruch.cuny.edu or (646) 312-2060.
Depending on the time of the workshop, lunch or refreshments will be provided.
Adjuncts will be compensated for their time at the non-teaching adjunct rate.
Dates and times subject to change. Please check back or contact us for updates.
ESL and Oral Communication
Supporting ESL Students’ Oral Communication in the Classroom: A Cross-Curriculum Challenge.
Presented by the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute and SACC
Tuesday, October 1, 12:30-2 p.m., Vertical Campus room 14-280
This roundtable will consider issues that arise in classrooms across the curriculum regarding oral communication and ESL, and will focus on practical classroom strategies. ELL students can sometimes lack the intelligibility and clear speech skills to engage in classroom activities, leaving them too intimidated to speak up, and thus incapable of entering a meaningful dialogue for deeper understanding. This workshop will address these challenges, as well as offer advice on how to design classroom activities that encourage participation from ELL students. Nancy Boblett of Columbia Teacher’s College and Hunter College will provide some specific suggestions on how to ask students to repeat themselves, or how to manage oral participation requirements with students who have trouble speaking and being understood. Other topics will include how to give adequate feedback and offer relevant resources; how to manage grading fairness among the native and nonnative English speakers; how to appropriately recommend our student support services such as Tools for Clear Speech and the ESL Speech Lab.
Why the Research Block?
Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-2 p.m., Vertical Campus room 14-280
In assignments across the curriculum we ask our students to perform research, but often the results do not live up to our expectations. In this roundtable we will consider practical strategies for improving our assignments in order to promote better research habits and skills. Among other topics, we will discuss strategies for leading students to helpful sources, strategies for thinking of the differences between various kinds of sources (news articles, academic books, etc.), and strategies for using sources for different aims (context, evidence, analysis, etc). We will also look at specific assignments that help to scaffold a research assignment — in particular the annotated bibliography. We’ll be joined by Professor Louise Klusek (Newman Library, Management, Business, International Business) and Professor Stephen Francoeur (Newman Library, Journalism, Philosophy, Psychology).
Assignment Design and Creativity: Considering the Role of Mistakes and Failures
Wednesday, November 6, 12:30-2 p.m., Vertical Campus room 14-285
In this roundtable we will examine the role mistakes and even failures play in producing creative and thoughtful work. How can faculty strategically promote some forms of mistake-making and or help students learn from their failures. A question we will consider in the roundtable is: How and why might it be pedagogically useful to have failure be a part of the process, an expected result of some early, middle, or even late phases of a scaffolded assignment? Most importantly, we will discuss some practical suggestions and ideas for dealing with mistakes and failures. Attendees are encouraged to bring assignments from their own classes that they would like to scaffold or rethink in order to build room for failure and creativity. We’ll be joined by Professor Allison Lehr Samuels (Management).
Innovative Writing Pedagogies Beyond the Humanities
Thursday, November 14, 12:45-2:15 p.m., 137 E 25th St. room 323
How are instructors integrating writing instruction into disciplines outside the humanities? What lessons can be learned from the unique challenges and opportunities of writing pedagogy in the math, science, and social science classroom? In this roundtable we will consider the innovative techniques of science faculty who have made writing an integral part of the classroom experience, and brainstorm new practices and assignments for those who would like to increase writing in their courses. We will explore specific activities, techniques, and methods for advancing student writing and consider how these ideas can be applied across various disciplines. We’ll be joined by Professor David Gruber (Biology and Environmental Science).
The following workshops are designed for teachers of Great Works of Literature courses, but are open to all teachers of literature.
Interdisciplinarity in the Great Works Curriculum: Art History and Literature
Thursday, October 24, 12:45-2:15 p.m., 137 E 25th St. room 323
We often ask the students in our Great Works courses to consider visual art in relation to the texts under discussion. Close-looking often helps students with close-reading, comparing an idea as it is expressed in writing as opposed to visual art can bring new clarity and insight, and exploring texts alongside visual art enriches students’ understanding of the cultural and historical contexts. Often, though, our use of visual art can feel cursory or added on, rather than fully integrated into our teaching goals. In this roundtable we will discuss strategies for integrating visual art more fully and comprehensively into our assignments and discussions. We will provide specific assignment and discussion ideas, including thoughts and suggestions about assignments involving museum visits. We will be joined by Michelle Millar Fisher (Art History), who will share with us some helpful resources, many of which are being compiled on a resource website she and others are building to share and crowdsource innovative ideas for teaching art history.
Technology in the Classroom: Using Tiki-Toki to Make Interactive Timelines
Monday, November 18, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Vertical Campus room 14-270
Follow-up: Date and time TBD
Many of us are starting to consider ways of integrating technology into our assignments, like asking students to digitally annotate a text or make interactive maps of a character’s journey. In this roundtable, we will consider how technology might further our pedagogical aims, and we will look at a few specific examples of assignments for Great Works classes that use technology effectively and simply. We’ll be joined by Dana Milstein (English) who will share an assignment she created using Tiki-Toki. A few days after the roundtable, interested faculty will come and develop specific assignments using the technology discussed in the roundtable. A computer room will be reserved and other faculty and Schwartz Institute Fellows will be available for one-on-one support.
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