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Book Discussion Groups

Spring 2018

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies you can Incorporate into any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation

(Saundra Yancy McGuire, 2015)

Calendar Tuesdays
January 30 – February 20
Time 1:00-2:15 p.m. 4 meetings
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From the Publisher:

Do you believe that students can learn more deeply and achieve more success than they are at present? Are you frustrated by unmotivated, disengaged students? In this book, the author provides specific, practical, research-based strategies to teach students how to learn. Mindset, Motivation and Metacognition are key to deeper learning. Come discover strategies that will positively influence student learning in your classes.

Attendance is limited to 10 participants; by registering you commit to attending all group meetings. Each participant will receive a copy of the book at the first meeting.

Register by January 21 to reserve your spot:

Facilitated by Debbie Walker


Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

(James Lang, 2016)

Calendar Wednesdays
January 24 – February 20
Time 11:00-12:15 p.m. 4 meetings
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From the Publisher:

Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. But that’s easier said than done. Many books about cognitive theory introduce radical but impractical theories, failing to make the connection to the classroom. In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. Learn, for example:

  • How does one become good at retrieving knowledge from memory?
  • How does making predictions now help us learn in the future?
  • How do instructors instill fixed or growth mindsets in their students?

Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive theory, explains when and how it should be employed, and provides firm examples of how the intervention has been or could be used in a variety of disciplines. Small teaching techniques include brief classroom or online learning activities, one-time interventions, and small modifications in course design or communication with students.

Register by January 21 to reserve your spot.

Facilitated by Dr. Lauren Barbeau

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