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Micro-workshops with big connections to student learning

Designed to accommodate busy schedules, this series of 30 minute workshops highlights simple, effective strategies that can be incorporated into teaching and learning without much, if any, disruption of the course design.

The workshops focus on strategies that are:

  • Based on principles of learning

  • Known to benefit students equitably

  • Achievable by instructors in varied contexts

  • Open to creativity

These workshops are part of CTE's SCALE initiative. Learn more. 

The same workshop will be held on both Wednesday and Thursday in Fisher 727 on the dates below. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend on either day. Enjoy a light lunch provided by CTE and spend time with colleagues starting at noon. The workshops begin at 12:20 and end at 12:50. Please register in advance to assist CTE in planning.

Spring 2019: The New 3Rs of Learning - Relationships, Resilience, and Reflection

Jose Bowen (2018), Goucher College president and AAC&U Boyer Award recipient, says, "A convergence of behavioral economics, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology suggests a new educational "three Rs": relationships, resilience, and reflection" (p. 28).

In this series of micro workshops, participants will consider ways to strengthen student learning by implementing practical strategies to build relationships, resilience, and reflection into their teaching practice. As Daniel Siegel writes, "We can now say that reflection, relationships, and resilience can be the ‘new R's of education' and adopt a policy of ‘no prefrontal cortex left behind'! What a great way for teachers to begin to truly educate the mind directly and help to strengthen the capacity to monitor and modify energy and information flow toward integration" (p. 276).

Building Relationships - Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7

Facilitator: Erin Rentschler

Bowen suggests that when "we feel confident and understood, we can be motivated to explore further, to do the work that only we can do to learn." This session will examine the value of establishing rapport and relationships with students. We will explore proactive ways to build relationships that can help students perceive themselves as active participants in the learning experience.

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Developing Resilience - Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14

Facilitator: Steven Hansen

Students hate to fail, but current educational research insists that productive failure is a necessary part of learning. Students who persist after failing ultimately learn and remember more. In this session, participants will explore ways to help students become more resilient by building opportunities for productive failure. We will also explore ways to help students reframe their attitudes toward failure to enhance their resiliency.

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Practicing Reflection - Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain

When students intentionally reflect on their learning, their study habits, engagement, and effort improve. Cognitive wrappers are brief, guided student reflections connected to specific learning experiences. They help students understand the learning task within the context of the discipline, reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their own performance, and plan ways to adjust their approach to learning. Participants will begin designing a cognitive wrapper for an assignment or exam in a course they teach.

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Bowen, J. (2018). Nudges, the Learning Economy, and a New Three Rs: Relationships, Resilience, and Reflection. Liberal Education, 104(2), n2. 
Siegel, D. J. (2012). Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). WW Norton & Company.

PAST Micro-workshops - this document provides information about previous micro-workshops.