Events

Faculty Book Club

Join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence's (ATLE) Faculty Book Club. The book club is an ongoing, informal, cross-disciplinary gathering of USF faculty who meet to discuss their subjective interpretations of a variety of books related to teaching and learning.

Each instance of the book club will focus on one book, typically last between 4-8 weeks (consisting of 3-4 discussion meetings), and will be limited to 10 participants. Registration will be conducted on a first-come-first-served basis. Faculty who agree to attend the discussion meetings are provided with a complimentary copy of the book.

The Faculty Book Club will be facilitated by a member of the ATLE staff and will be held on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the basement of the Social Science (SOC) building, room 025.

Session III (Spring 2014)

Meeting Dates: March 28th, April 4th, 11th, and 18th

Bowen, J.A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

"You've heard about "flipping your classroom"—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments." (Amazon.com)

Register online here: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=8lLH453K.

Session II (Fall 2013)

Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don't students like school? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

"Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences. Includes:

Session I (Summer 2013)

Palmer, P.  (2007). The Courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. Wiley: San Francisco.

Click here for the discussion guide and the book summary.

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer

"For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors." (Amazon.com)