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Teaching Conversations in the Residential Colleges

The lunchtime "Teaching Conversations in the Residential Colleges" series is co-hosted by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the Residential Colleges. These workshops bring together faculty from across divisions and departments and provide opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and ideas among peers.  A suite of topics that reflect areas of interest to faculty; while each is discrete, holds the potential to nest and overlap in ways that we believe will enable us to keep an exciting conversation going over the span of the academic year.  We hope to see you soon and often around the lunch table!

Lisa Herschbach, Director
McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning
Associate Dean of the College

Jeff Himpele, Director
Teaching Initiatives and Programs
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning


2013-2014 Program

Coming Soon: Topics and Schedule for 2014-15


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 December 5, 12:00-1:20 p.m., Mathey College Private 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 13, 12:00-1:20 p.m., Butler College Special 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, February 27, 12:00-1:20 p.m., Rockefeller College Private Dining Room 


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, March 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Forbes College Master's Residence

This discussion has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 24, 2014.


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, April 10, 12:00-1:20 p.m., Whitman College Private Dining Room 


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.
Thursday, May 1, 12:00-1:20 p.m., Wilson College Private Dining Room, followed by tour of Julian Street Media Center