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Teaching Circles

Teaching Circles are designed to facilitate faculty, staff, and peer educator dialogue related to a topic of teaching and/or learning.  Each year the C-TEL advisory board will choose 5 books related to pedagogy and facilitate the formation of teaching circles.  Faculty, staff and peer educators who belong to a circle will read one of the books and will meet 3 times over the course of a semester to discuss issues raised by the work.  Below is a list of books that have been proposed for the 2014-2015 academic year.  If you have other ideas or suggestions please let us know by clicking on "contact us" or "suggestion box."

Proposed Teaching Circle Books 2014-2015

Bean J.C., 2011.  Engaging Ideas:  The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, 2nd edition. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

Learn to design interest-provoking writing and critical thinking activities and incorporate them into your courses in a way that encourages inquiry, exploration, discussion, and debate, with Engaging Ideas, a practical nuts-and-bolts guide for teachers from any discipline. Integrating critical thinking with writing-across-the-curriculum approaches, the book shows how teachers from any discipline can incorporate these activities into their courses. This edition features new material dealing with genre and discourse community theory, quantitative/scientific literacy, blended and online learning, and other current issues.

Barkley, E.  2011.  Student Engagement Techniques:  A Handbook for College Faculty.  San Francisco, Josey-Bass.

Keeping students involved, motivated, and actively learning is challenging educators across the country, yet good advice on how to accomplish this has not been readily available. Student Engagement Techniques is a comprehensive resource that offers college teachers a dynamic model for engaging students and includes over one hundred tips, strategies, and techniques that have been proven to help teachers from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions motivate and connect with their students. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book's techniques in the classroom and includes purpose, preparation, procedures, examples, online implementation, variations and extensions, observations and advice, and key resources.

Michaelsen, Larry and Knight A.B. and Fink L.Dee, 2004.  Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching.  Stylus Publishing.

This book describes team-based learning (TBL), an unusually powerful and versatile teaching strategy that enables teachers to take small group learning to a whole new level of effectiveness. It is the only pedagogical use of small groups that is based on a recognition of the critical difference between "groups" and "teams", and intentionally employs specific procedures to transform newly-formed groups into high performance learning teams.  This book is a complete guide to implementing TBL in a way that will promote the deep learning all teachers strive for. This is a teaching strategy that promotes critical thinking, collaboration, mastery of discipline knowledge, and the ability to apply it.

Weimer, M., 2013.  Learner-Centered Teaching:  Five Key Changes to Practice, 2nd Edition.  San Francisco Jossey-Bass.

 In this new edition of the classic work, one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching offers a comprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom, including the most up-to-date examples of practice in action from a variety of disciplines, an entirely new chapter on the research support for learner-centered approaches, and a more in-depth discussion of how students' developmental issues impact the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to the content delivery alone.

Susan A. Ambrose (et al.) 2010.  How Learning Works:  Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass

 Distilling the research literature and translating the scientific approach into language relevant to a college or university teacher, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. The authors have drawn on research from a breadth of perspectives (cognitive, developmental, and social psychology; educational research; anthropology; demographics; organizational behavior) to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, from how effective organization enhances retrieval and use of information to what impacts motivation. Integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching.

Fried, J., 2012.  Transformative Learning through Engagement Student Affairs Practice as Experiential Pedagogy.  Stylus Publishing.

This book – intended primarily for student affairs professionals – presents what we now know about the learning process, particularly those elements that promote behavioral change and the ability to place information in a broader context of personal meaning and long term impact. Central to its argument is that learning must be experiential and engage students holistically; that it must be grounded in brain science and an understanding of the cultural drivers of knowledge construction; that academic faculty and student affairs professionals must cooperate to help students make connections and see the implications of their learning for their lives; and that the entire learning environment needs to be integrated to reflect the organic nature of the process.  A second purpose of this book is to enable student affairs professionals to articulate their own role in helping students learn.

 Doyle, T., 2011.  Learner Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice.  Stylus Publishing.

This book presents the research-based case that Learner Centered Teaching (LCT) offers the best means to optimize student learning in college, and offers examples and ideas for putting it into practice, as well the underlying rationale. LCT keeps all of the good features of a teacher-centered approach and applies them in ways that are in better harmony with how our brains learn. It, for instance, embraces the teacher as expert as well as the appropriate use of lecture, while also offering new, effective ways to replace practices that don’t optimizing student learning.  Neuroscience, biology and cognitive science research have made it clear that it is the one who does the work who does the learning. Many faculty do too much of the work for their students, which results in diminished student learning.