Northwestern University

Thu 1:00 PM

Building Bridges: Fostering Community in the Classroom

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

Where: 627 Dartmouth Place, Searle Center Library, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Theresa J Pfister   1.847.491.3106

Group: Searle Graduate Events

Category: Academic

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Graduate Workshop: Building Bridges: Fostering Community in the Classroom

When: Thursday, March 6, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Searle Center Library

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A positive classroom environment thrives on the trust students have in one another and in the professor. This is not a magical process, but one that happens when TAs and instructors intentionally build time into the class for helping students get to know each other and start to trust one another. Building a classroom community makes discussions stronger, more insightful, and more compassionate. In this workshop, we will discuss some critical theory of community building in undergraduate classroom environments and practice some techniques for cultivating a classroom environment of respect and interaction.

Workshop Facilitators:

Kate Dugan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religious Studies. Kate has taught in a variety of environments -- community education. nutrition education, and small-group facilitation -- before coming to Northwestern. She has worked as a TA in several Religious Studies core courses.

Desiree Weber is a graduate student in the Political Science department, writing a dissertation on Ludwig Wittgenstein's theory of language and its intersection with political debates about how we label groups and themes of communal teaching and learning. Her interest in teaching has resulted in the Searle Center's Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and participation in a Teagle Foundation pilot project to improve undergraduate student learning. She chairs the group of Political Science department Graduate Teaching Certificate recipients and is a past participant in the Searle Center's Teaching Certificate Program. She has served as a Teaching Assistant for 8 quarters in addition to teaching Persuasion and Debate classes for the last several summers through the Center for Talent Development.

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