Faculty Development

The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning

Teachers Talking Writing - "Effective Use of the Everyday Writer Handbook"

"But Professor X, why did we buy that Everyday Writer handbook anyway?" Join Writing Center director Becky Fremo, WAC director Jeanne Herman, and Reference Librarian Michelle Twait as they discuss ways to use the Everyday Writer handbook as a teaching and learning tool. They'll also highlight some of the most important changes made to the handbook's new fourth edition. Join us at the buffet on Tuesday, November 10th, at 11:30 or 12:30. Free lunch, good conversation.

Teachers Talking

Join Julie Gilbert and your colleagues to discuss best teaching and learning practices in the classroom and explore how these questions might become part of a larger research agenda. Conversation will center around how we reflect, test, and write about what happens in the classroom. Join us at the buffet on Thursday, November 12th, at 11:30 or 12:30 for nourishing food for thought. Free lunch, good conversation.

New Faculty Mentoring Partners Program social

The Kendall Center would like to invite you to a New Faculty Mentoring Partners Program social for all mentors and mentees. The wine and cheese social will be held on Thursday, November 12 at the International Center Community Room from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Teachers Talking Technology

How do you manage your citations when writing books and papers? What do you recommend to students taking your classes or working with you? Tom Huber will demonstrate how to use EndNote Web and Kyle Chambers will demonstrate how to use the Zotero Firefox extension. Join us on Wednesday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the St Peter Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

A New Faculty Orientation Session will be held Thursday, November 19, from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in the St. Peter Room. The topic will be Departmental Relationships led by Jon Grinnell.

SoTL lunch meetings for participants

Join us for the first in a new lunchtime series! Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) working lunches bring together members of the various SoTL groups, anyone working on a SoTL project, anyone who has completed a SoTL project, and anyone simply interested in learning more about SoTL projects in the classroom. On Friday, November 20 at 11:30, Julie Bartley (Geology) will discuss her current SoTL work and solicit feedback from attendees. St. Peter Room, lunch at Three Crowns buffet provided.

Tech Tips

Tech Tips: Kyle Chambers maintains a Teachers Tech blog full of cool tech tips. To keep up, set up and RSS feed or look for new posts on the Kendall Center's front page.

Faculty Achievements Publication

As we did two years ago, the Kendall Center will be putting together a publication listing faculty achievements for 2008 & 2009. If you want to get started, information, examples, and a form can be found on the Kendall Center website. Please make the editors happy, earn good Karma, and follow the style guide included there.

New Book - "In Teaching What You Don't Know"

New in the library: In Teaching What You Don't Know (Harvard UP 2009) Therese Huston addresses an issue that is rarely addressed - the frequent situations in which teachers have to depart from their areas of expertise to teach a course on a topic they know, but not in depth. It includes strategies for preparing for a new course, teaching tips, and advice for administrators and chairs.

The Chili Cook-Off is back!

The Chili Cook-Off is back! All faculty, please plan to attend the most tasty event of the year and see if you can dethrone the Biology's award-winning culinary creation from last year. What to do? Please cook up a pot of your favorite chili, enough to share. No time to cook? Come anyway, there always is plenty for all.The Cook-off will be held Friday, February 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center.

Seen on the Internet

Seen on the Internet: e-portfolios and authentic assessment, and a post at liberal.education nation, the AAC&U's blog, pointed out an interesting commentary on the tension between standardized assessment of general skills and assessment based on direct examination of student work. The author of "The Proof is in the Portfolio," Carol Geary Schneider, explains why she feels standardized tests are uninformative and argues for the value of portfolios. click "more" for links and further info

Seminars @ Calvin

Want to use some of your faculty travel funds? Calvin has announced the seminars for Summer 2010. Please click here for specific titles and dates.

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