Conversations on Teaching
Conversations on Teaching are an opportunity for faculty members to engage in conversation about issues and topics that are trending in higher education. These events are typically help at 4:00pm once per term.
2018 – 2019 Conversations on Teaching
April 1 – 5, 2019: Open Classes
During the week of April 1 - 5, five of our colleagues will open their classrooms to other Centre College faculty and staff. These open classes are meant to inspire discussions about how we engage students in the learning process across the disciplines.
A list of open classes, class times, and room numbers as well as a brief description of the day’s topic are below. Faculty and staff who wish to attend one of these classes must sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A49A4A72FA7FC1-open. Sign-ups are on a first come first serve basis, so if interested, I encourage you to sign up right away.
All participants are invited to a celebration reception on Friday, April 5 at 4:00 pm. This reception will provide a venue for the faculty who have opened their courses to have discussions with their guests and for all participants to talk about teaching and student learning. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our hard work creating effective learning environments for students. Given that this Friday is also a Friday Faculty Hour, we will adjourn by 4:30, which is in time for everyone to make it to Evans Lively for the presentation.
FRE 412: French for International Studies
Monday, April 1, 12:40 – 1:40
In French for International Relations, students engage in discussion of topics such as human rights and Brexit. In order to deepen their knowledge of events and develop their specialized vocabulary in French, students study articles from the Francophone and Anglophone press. In addition, they engage in class discussion and complete individual and small-group translations.
PHY 310: Modern Physics
Tuesday, April 2, 12:40 – 2:10
The famous “Particle in a Box” problem, one of the simplest illustrations of quantum mechanics, will be solved in detail. Your intuition will be challenged once you find out how a particle behaves when confined to a small space. Despite its simplicity, careful study of this model leads to enormous physical insights, such as how molecules and solids form.
A few hours before each class, students are responsible for providing detailed written feedback from a reading assignment. This Just-in-Time Teaching method means that I am able to specifically address the questions of those students during class.
ENG 340: Gothic Hauntings
Wednesday, April 3, 9:10 – 10:10
In this class we'll be deep into Bram Stoker's Dracula, and our class discussion will be focused on how Stoker employs and adapts Gothic tropes to stoke fears about the threats that immigrants present to the English economy and national identity. The discussion will be built partly out of students' think papers, short reaction papers that they write about the reading before coming to class.
CHE 242: Organic Chemistry II
Wednesday, April 3, 1:50 – 2:50
Carbonyl condensation reactions, which lead to the formation of new carbon-carbon bonds, can be carried out in a laboratory and are also important biochemically. I use the Just-in-Time Teaching method where students read an assigned section of the text and answer warm-up questions in preparation for class. During class I use my iPad to annotate on the PowerPoint slides.
HIS 328: Churchill’s World
Friday, April 5, 10:20 – 11:20
One of the most pressing problems facing us in modern politics is partisans speak of each other with contempt. In order to work our way out of this, we need to figure out how to disagree respectfully. To help my students learn how to do this, I’ve had them debate political issues in early 20th-century Britain. In each case, they reenact how a certain group of people would debate an issue at a particular time. In today’s class, using George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier as a text, my students will act as a Centre College debating society circa 1936 as they respectfully debate Orwell’s main question - “What’s wrong with the Left?”
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