The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom
by Stephen D. Brookfield
Brookfield's book, in which he gives down-to-earth advice to the new as well as the experienced teacher, has become a classic in the field. The author draws on decades of professional experience, research on teaching and learning, and insights garnered from the numerous workshops he has conducted. Most important, it provides a guide on how to thrive on the unpredictability and diversity of classroom life. Indeed, Brookfield says that there "are no seven habits of effective teaching, no five rules for pedagogic success . . . teaching is frequently a gloriously messy pursuit in which shock, contradiction, and risk are endemic." Consequently, he addresses everything from the core assumptions of skillful teaching to dealing with the politics of teaching and, finally, surviving emotionally. Read more.
This academic year’s recipient of the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning Excellence in Teaching Award is Bela Bajnok, who holds the endowed position of Alumni Chair Professor in Mathematics. Before joining Gettysburg College in 1993, Professor Bajnok had a wide range of experience, teaching at an Ivy League institution, a large state university, a prestigious European university, highly selective residential colleges as well as at an inner city university with an open enrollment policy. His favorite courses to teach here at Gettysburg College are the Abstract Mathematics I and II sequence and the Mathematics Department’s three research classes for which he provides his own materials. As for Professor Bajnok’s research interests, they are numerous, and he has published widely in such periodicals as The Journal of Combinatorial Theory, The Journal of Approximation Theory, Advances in Geometry, and The International Journal of Number Theory. Read more.
A workshop and community conversation about the social determinants, internal components and external relationships that underpin racial inequity led by Dr. Shakti Butler, filmmaker and founder of World Trust.
This important event will be May 14 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM in the College Ballroom. A Continental breakfast will be available at 8:00AM. Lunch will be provided.
This workshop is currently sponsored by the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning, College Life, Human Resources, Administrative Advisory Council, Provost’s Office, the Diversity Commission, and Enrollment and Educational Services.
8:30 a.m -4:30 p.m.
Campus Box 2960
Monday: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Quick reference guide for new faculty
To privilege effective class participation that students take seriously, the professor must establish criteria and publish them in the syllabus. These criteria should make clear that good discussion participation does not necessarily mean talking a lot but, instead, also involves building on and synthesizing comments by others, bringing a new resource to the classroom, or posting an observation online. In short, there are multiple ways quieter learners can participate in discussion. (Stephen D. Brookfield, The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom)
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