These casual and fun social lunch meetings provide a space for a group of motivated and innovative educators across STEM disciplines to build a community of practice in teaching. You will explore different strategies for teaching and designing innovative and engaging course assignments. Together, you will build a community of practice that you can stay connected with and explore teaching questions and challenges. This is not didactic, but a conversation to support you learning from each other. Regardless of your experience level in teaching, you will crowdsource ideas and make lasting connections to build ongoing support so that you do not need to teach in isolation.
Two resources will be used: Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education), and Deep Teaching in a College STEM classroom by Bryan Dewsbury.
Over the course of 3 meetings, we will cover the following topics:
Who Are We? Current Teaching Context, Culture and Community at UCLA
- Build community with one another and learn about ways to build community with students
- Explore UCLA values of inclusive teaching excellence, who your students are, and what that means for your teaching
- Reflect on what it means to have an “inclusive teaching mindset”
Exploring Teaching Strategies to Engage Students in Authentic Learning
- Brainstorm 1-2 course learning goals that you want your students to take away from your course as your guide for all teaching decisions
- Start exploring ways to teach in more engaging, equitable and accessible ways;
- Consider options for communicating with students in more transparent and effective ways
Becoming a Reflective Practitioner – Approaching Teaching as a Scholar
- Explore what it means to be a reflective practitioner and why it is important
- How to use reflective practice (not only on your own, but also based on student feedback) to inform your teaching
- Plan for peer reflective practice – continuing this learning community