Monthly Archives: August 2017

CTL Newsletter: August 16, 2017

“The first week of classes may be one of the most important weeks,” says Kathleen Gabriel. “It is during this time that we set the tone and climate for our courses. . . . Starting off on the right foot during … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: April 18, 2017

What to do when the teacher gets stereotyped, and the teacher is us? In their article “Contending with Stereotype Threat at Work,” Caryn J. Block et al. review what we often do. We often fend it off. We overcompensate and work harder. We blame … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: March 28, 2017

When teaching an introductory course, should we introduce every aspect of the discipline? What should we include, and what should we leave out? And what if we have to cover certain topics and skills in order to prepare students for the … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: March 14, 2017

Checking in. The week after semester break is always a good time to assess how our courses are going so far. Many of us conduct midterm evaluations so that we can see what’s working for our students and what might need … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: February 28, 2017

Teaching Reflection: The Real Lesson of Frederick Lutz Every day on my way in to my office, I walk over a bronze plaque in the pavement dedicated to Albion College professor Frederick Lutz.The plaque tells us Lutz was “Professor in … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: February 14, 2017

Give a bunch of professors some flip charts and markers and ask them about the challenges facing higher education today, and what do you get? “We’re competing with ‘alternative facts’!” “We’re competing with ‘Google U’!” “The public doesn’t value us … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: January 31, 2017

Teaching Reflection: A Few Words for Us White Folks A week before classes began, I joined forty or so Albion College faculty and staff for a three-day workshop on understanding systemic racism led by the good people at ERACCE (Eliminating Racism … Continue reading

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CTL Newsletter: January 17, 2017

Teaching Reflection: Compensating for Implicit Bias Over winter break, as I was clearing my email backlog, I came across this post on the website of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence at Oberlin College. The author, Marcelo Vinces, directs Oberlin’s Center for Learning, Education, and … Continue reading

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