The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Department of History & Philosophy co-sponsor a Pedagogy Circle meeting each semester.
The purpose of this faculty-driven forum is to encourage discussion about the more humanistic issues at stake in the contemporary classroom: why facts matter, how to balance democracy with decorum, fair grading in the humanities, enforcing attendance, etc.
It is neither a faculty club, nor a teaching clinic. Nevertheless, the hope is that the Pedagogy Circle will foster faculty collegiality. This forum is intended to encourage faculty discussions on what they love most—issues and problems relevant to their teaching practices.
Participants bring valuable insights and input to these meetings, but also benefit through shared teaching tips, etc. This forum is open to all faculty (including LTLs and CLs)—especially in-coming faculty who are new to teaching.
Fall 2020 Pedagogy Circle Meeting
“Teaching in a Time of Twin Crises: Pandemic + Racism”
October 8, 2020, 4-5:30pm
Given the twin crises (medical and political) in America right now, how do we make our classes more relevant? Given the realities of the twenty-first century classroom (student inattention, the crisis in reading-comprehension skills, academic dishonesty, etc.), our task is difficult enough. But now we have the added complexities of a life threatening pandemic, plus protest politics. Under these circumstances, how do we make our course contents more relevant? How do we speak of mortality, human resilience amidst adversity, and the relevance of science? How do we speak of racism, anti-racism, and the challenges of a curriculum that trails behind the times? How do we accommodate and explore anti-racist perspectives? How do we deepen our understanding of racism? What does critical thinking mean in these challenging times? What is a suitable pandemic pedagogy? What is a suitable anti-racist pedagogy? In an age of therapy, how do we speak of stillness in the eye of the storm as a way of dealing with adversity?
Join us for the Fall 2020 Pedagogy Circle virtual meeting to discuss the challenges of adapting course contents to the pandemic plus protest movements. Raise your own questions, share your experiences, and discuss these important topics with your colleagues. We will use this activity to guide discussion.
For more information about pandemic plus anti-racist pedagogies, please see:
4. Pandemic Pedagogy and the Limits of Compassion (available exclusively to Chronicle subscribers)
Past Pedagogy Circle Meetings
- Spring 2020 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – Why Subject Matter Mastery matters – does in-class discussion help or hurt?-POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 CLOSURE
- How to Hold a Better Class Discussion: Advice Guide
- Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years
- Why One University Went All Out on Teaching Reading
- We Have a National Reading Crisis
- There’s a Crisis of Reading Among Generation Z
- Discussion as a teaching tool — pros, cons and teaching tactics
- Fall 2019 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – The Socratic Method – does it work in these times?
- Spring 2019 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – What Makes Great Teaching?
- Fall 2018 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – Teaching Portfolios: Promoting Reflective Practice
- Spring 2018 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – Plagiarism
- Fall 2017 Pedagogy Circle Meeting – Grade Inflation