Year 2, Seminar 2

Teaching as a Craft



9:20 – 9:35 am   Arrival and Sign-in

9:35 – 10:00 am   General Overview/Review of How Students Learn


10:00 – 12:45 pm   Organizing Your Course for the First Time

  • General Discussion/Overview
  • What do you want this course to be about? What knowledge/skills will come out of it? Choosing meaningful readings and assignments
  • Designing Effective Syllabi


11:00 – 11:10 am   Break

  • Student Learning Outcomes/Assessment of Learning
  • Examples of Syllabi
  • Class Participation Formats to Maximize Learning
    • Includes Lecture vs. Discussion, Class Size, Room Format
    • Active Learning and Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Introduction to Grading and Assessment of Student Learning


12:45 – 1:30 pm   Working Lunch

  • Q&A Period


1:30 – 3:15 pm   Online Teaching

  • Overview: Teaching Online
  • Crafting your course
  • Technology Tools that support learning both face to face and online


3:15 – 3:30 pm   Recap and Wrap Up

Year 2, Seminar 1

Course Design and Classroom Management


Seminar Description:

This seminar connects the passion for teaching with the mechanics
of classroom management, course design, grading systems and assessment. Students build on the conversation from year one about creating a course syllabus and identifying characteristics of effective instruction. They critically evaluate course syllabi and explore the role of grading as a pedagogical tool.



9:30 am   Welcome back, introductions, breakfast and review of Year 2 seminars

10:00 – 11:45 am   Where to Begin when Crafting a Course: Understanding How we Learn; the Role of Prior Knowledge


11:45 – 12:30 pm   Lunch

12:30 – 2:30 pm   Building on Learning Theory: Strategies for Student Engagement and Active Learning


2:30 – 3:30 pm   Summary Q & A

Plans for informal lunches each semester

Topics for Ann Ferren Conference Greenberg Cohort Session




The Art of Possibility

Active Learning handout

MidSemester Evaluation

Discussion rubric

How they learn how we teach