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November 2018

 

A review of Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher by Stephen Brookfield by Stephen Brookfield

wrriten by Sarah Lashley

 

Critical reflection is the process by which we intentionally and continuously examine the assumptions that underlie our teaching practices. By engaging in critical reflection, we are poised to gain deeper insights about what we do, and how and why we do it. It is a way of ensuring that we gain new knowledge and understanding from our practice.

 

Simply put, the goal of critical reflection is to see our teaching differently. Seeing our teaching differently requires viewing our teaching through different lenses. Brookfield suggests that there are four useful lenses: student perspectives, colleague perspectives, personal experience, and pedagogical theory.

 

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October 2018

 

A review of Integrating Pedagogy and Technology, Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education by James A. Bernauer and Lawrence A. Tomei

wrriten by Candace Wentz

 

In the book titled Integrating Pedagogy and Technology, Improving Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, James Bernauer and  Lawrence Tomei introduces a model called the Integrated Readiness Matrix (IRM) and how using this model can help faculty understand where they are at with their teaching and with using technology in the classroom.  Using this model, faculty can understand where they are at, and then decide how they want to move forward in achieving higher success in the classroom and to achieve “the pinnacle of teaching effectiveness” (55).  This pinnacle of teaching effectiveness is described as mastery in both pedagogy and technology.

 

The Integrated Readiness Matrix (IRM) model uses Blooms taxonomy (y axis) and Tomei’s taxonomy for technology (x axis).  Bernauer and Tomei explain that by incorporating both of these models they have “built a model for improving college faculty development in both the cognitive and technological domain” (50).  Faculty should look at their course objectives and their student learning goals and make sure that they are.......  Click here to continue or to print the full review

 

 

September 2018

 

A review of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by MaryAnne Wolf

wrriten by Andrew Patrick

 

In Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (2018), Maryanne Wolf explores the neurological consequences of our increasing reliance on digital technologies and the implications for our empathy, critical thinking, and reflection. While many trendlines are troubling, for example, reading comprehension and empathy are on the decline even as attention-deficit diagnoses and digital distractions multiply, Wolf offers a potential antidote in her concept of building a “biliterate brain” that is equally fluent in digital and print environments.

 

 

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