Typically held three times per term during Common Hour, Pedagogy Luncheons are an opportunity for faculty to share and discuss common teaching interests, challenges, and strategies.
2016 – 2017 Luncheons
Our Spring 2017 Luncheons dates and topics will be posted soon. Please check back.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Overcoming Fear and Creating Inclusivity in the Classroom
During this luncheon, we will engage in a discussion of some of the challenges we face in a classroom where our students are different from us (or we are different from them). Our goal is to create a safe space to share our fears and start moving toward overcoming them.
Facilitated by: Kaelyn Wiles, Kyle Anderson, Johannes Wich-Schwarz, and Eva Cadavid
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Fostering Empathy in Students
Courses across many disciplines engage important questions of inequality, oppression, or violence. However, it is often difficult to guide students from simply learning facts about these issues to developing an empathetic understanding of the people who experience them. The purpose of this luncheon is to share some specific pedagogical techniques for fostering empathy that we explored through a workshop funded by an ACS grant. Our presentation will include a brief explanation of our grant, an interactive example of one of the pedagogical techniques that we found worked well, a report on implementation in the classroom, and time for questions.
Facilitated by: Rick Axtell, Genny Ballard, Willie Costley, Robyn Cutright, and Stephen Dove
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Understanding and Reducing Stereotype Threat
We ended this year’s retreat thinking about what we, as individuals, can do to create a more inclusive learning environment at Centre College. The purpose of this luncheon is to develop strategies for supporting full participation by gaining a better understanding of stereotype threat. Stereotype threat occurs when individuals are at risk of conforming to stereotypes of their social group. It can result in anxiety and underperformance, and can occur in a variety of contexts, from taking a math test to competing in an athletic match. During this luncheon, we will discuss what stereotype threat is, situations that may give rise to it, and the consequences of it. We’ll also generate ideas for what can be done to reduce it.
Facilitators: Jenn Goetz and Matthew Hallock
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