Friday, August 30, 2013
Teaching Roundtable: Classroom Management
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, beginning at 11:30 am in the Union Building 231/232.
We’ve all read the lists that circulate about what makes our students different from us: the ones that tell us that they’ve never lived in a world without MTV or CDs, that they can’t remember not being able to “Google” (if they had a computer and an internet connection, that is), that they got trophies for just participating in youth sports leagues, and that they have never not known standardized testing in school as the primary barometer of academic success (as Tom Dickenson pointed out me last year, this is the first class of (domestic) students that has experienced nothing but the policies of ”No Child Left Behind”). Whether these differences are truly significant or not, they do point to the fact that our students inhabit very different cultures from their professors. And these cultural differences raise questions about how we interact with our students and manage our classrooms on a daily basis. How do we accommodate/incorporate technologies in ways that are relevant to our students and in line with their expectations and experiences without inviting disruptive distractions into our classrooms? How do we manage their potentially very different ways of communicating with us in an age of texting, Facebook, and Twitter? How do we choose and present information that they find relevant to their lives? How do we help them grapple with questions that cannot be answered on a standardized test? How do we help them manage the inevitability of failure that is at the heart of all creative and intellectual endeavors? This roundtable will focus on these kinds of questions and is open to all faculty members, from the most experienced among us to the newest to the profession. The goal here is not to come up with a list of “good practices.” Rather, we should share our ideas in ways that inspire each of us to think through these questions differently and more intentionally.
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