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McGraw Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows Prof. Deborah Prentice  (Chair, Department of Psychology) and Prof. William Gleason (Chair, Department of English) convene their colleagues from across the campus for discussions about teaching and learning, and participate in other events and workshops organized by the McGraw Center.  During the 2013-14 academic year they will host a series of six ‘Teaching Conversations’ in the Residential Colleges.  A complete schedule of topics, dates, and locations appears below:

Thursday December 5noon-1:20 PM, Mathey College Private Dining Room
Flipping out about flipping
An overview of recent experiments in flipping classes on campus by a number of our colleagues, and their students' reactions to them, will open up a discussion of our own responses to the idea. We will sort through what we see as the promises, assumptions, misconceptions and challenges of "flipping" as a strategy for intensifying student engagement in and outside of class-time.
Thursday, February 13noon-1:20 PM, Butler College Special Dining Room
Cultivating critique in the (polite) Princeton classroom
A number of our colleagues have noted that our students are experts at reproducing disciplinary arguments and mastering course content. But how can we promote productive disagreements in our classes that would give students a richer interactive experience that would enable them to participate more deeply in the critical process of disciplinary work and become more independent thinkers?
Thursday, February 27noon-1:20 PM, Rockefeller College Private Dining Room
How do I grade this?
A discussion aimed at addressing the challenges that inhere in evaluating your innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary student work. We’ll share the challenges we face in grading student participation and develop a collective set of criteria and practices that will enable us to fully pursue our ideals for more engaging forms of teaching.
Thursday, March 66-7:30 PM PM, Forbes College Master's Residence
An interdisciplinary conversation about teaching styles
A discussion across university divisions and disciplines that offers inspiration and new techniques for effective teaching. How can the use of narrative and discussion in teaching help students learn to approach problem-solving? How can techniques of teaching problem-solving organize classroom discussions in interpretive disciplines? While the differences might be most salient, our discussion also promises to reveal surprising connections in thinking and values underlying disciplinary teaching styles.
Thursday, April 10noon-1:20 PM, Whitman College Private Dining Room
Gender and teaching
What are the explicit and implicit gendered inequities in student engagement and faculty attention in the classroom? How are they reflected in student performance and our assessment of it? We’ll share the challenges we face and the techniques we have used to enrich the overall quality of classroom teaching by giving our students equal opportunities to participate and succeed.
Thursday, May 1noon-1:20 PM, Wilson College Private Dining Room, followed by tour of Julian Street Media Center
Teaching with media & the media of teaching
Whether as documentaries or mass media, TV and film media can engage students and enliven class discussions. Yet if audiovisual media are typically used to support and illustrate disciplinary ideas and facts, how can we elevate these media as primary texts and use media technologies to teach students to engage with media in their own forms? We’ll share the variety of ways that colleagues are using media as course content and engaging media technologies to advance their students’ learning.