Spring 2012

Record of Meeting #2

April 6, 2012
Mark Stoner discussed his varied experiences as a collaborator. From the patterns of his experiences, participants considered what forces, circumstances they needed to be mindeful of in doing collaborative work.

Another resource:

Record of Meeting #1

February 3, 2012
Kelly McDonald, Todd Migliaccio and Ann Moylan discussed the process of their developing collaborative project
around service learning. Here's their handout:

Fall 2011

Record of Meeting #4

Kelly Davenport's presentation on adult learning

Record of Meeting #3

September 2, 2011
Scott Farrand (Math and Stats) and Ann Moylan (FACS) lead a discussion on the concept of "re-teaching," a strategy that makes use of many learners' need to revisit concepts or skills rather than being frustrated with that reality. Re-teaching connects with "looping" and "elaboration" and as Scott and Ann present the notion, it provides a way of helping struggling students and developing knowledge for the most competent students.

Highlights of Scott's presentation:

In math, we do lots of reteaching (and it is typically because students need to know things from previous courses to be able to use in their current course). It is generally difficult for mathematics teachers to think of different ways to approach concepts or skills. Getting teachers to do this seems to be a crucial PD issue.

It is very difficult to get teachers to change the way they teach, even if they want to change, and we can’t often go into their classrooms to help, so it is good to find ideas that will take root and actually change the way they teach. Thinking about how they start a lesson, in order to be grounded in the concepts from the previous day’s lessons, but not just reviewing the previous lesson, can be an effective way of improving classroom teaching. Finding out how students are already thinking about a concept is another, because it is so often intriguing.

When I finish that, We can prompt their discussion more directly. Here are some questions I suggest:

1. How hard is it to rethink the material you teach, as daily hygiene?

2. Do your lesson plans from previous years limit you in your thinking?

3. How do you figure out what your students understand, and how they understand it?

3. Do the ways that students understand a topic change over time (e.g., because of technology, or because of changes in the way they are taught in prior years)?

4. How would your colleagues in your department respond to those previous 4 questions?

5. Would very deep thought about how to start a lesson (by approaching the topic left off in the class before in a different way) lead to major changes in the rest of that class?

6. How can you influence the teaching of your colleagues – is there an idea that you can plant with them that will lead them to other ideas (e.g., if you are reteaching, then you need to think about how you are going to teach it differently)?

Record of meeting #2

May 6, 2011.

Minutes of meeting #2

Discussion record

Resources distributed

Record of meeting #1

April 8, 2011
The first meeting of the Teacher Scholar Collaborative was held on Friday, April 1, 2011, 11:00 – 1:00, with a total of 14 faculty participants.

Minutes of meeting #1

Resources distributed

Interests expressed by the interdisciplinary group of participants included:
  • working on collaborative research projects
  • sharing teaching ideas, and
  • creating a publication/newsletter.

If you want a bit more detail, click Interests and projects link in navigation bar on the left.