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‘Teaching Difference and Power’

From the Director

Sep. 11, 2015—Think, Pair, Share. It’s a simple approach to engaging students in class discussions. Instead of asking a question of your class and waiting for a few students to respond, ask students to think about the question silently for thirty seconds, then pair up and discuss their responses for a minute or two. When you ask...

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Be Part of the Teaching, Gender, and Sexuality Learning Community

Sep. 4, 2015—All year, the CFT continues its attention to issues of teaching, difference, and power by organizing a learning community on Teaching, Gender, and Sexuality.  The hope for the group is to have a dynamic discussion of, both the many issues that arise when teaching a student body of varied gendered and sexual identities, and how...

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A Panel Discussion on Diversity in STEM, June 2nd, 2:30-4:00pm

May. 28, 2015—Next week, the Black Engineering PhDs project is hosting a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). From the announcement: “On June 2, 2015, at 2:30 pm, there will be an all-star group of scholars assembled for an open conversation on the challenges and the potential solutions to address diversity...

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CFT Teaching Guides Week: Day 2

May. 19, 2015—Day 2: Teaching Students with Disabilities Students of all abilities and backgrounds want classrooms that are inclusive and convey respect. For those students with disabilities, the classroom setting may present certain challenges that need accommodation and consideration. – “Teaching Students with Disabilities” CFT Teaching Guide   Today’s featured teaching guide is “Teaching Students with Disabilities“,...

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CFT Teaching Guides Week: Day 1

May. 18, 2015—Here at the Center for Teaching, we’re always having conversations around best teaching practices that promote student learning, and we look to develop content that shares these reflections and conversations in the form of our teaching guides and blog posts.  Now that the academic year has come to a “close”, we’re excited to look back...

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From the Director: Teaching, Difference, and Power Symposium in Review

May. 11, 2015—By Derek Bruff, CFT Director On April 21st, the Center for Teaching held a symposium as the final event in our “Teaching, Difference, and Power” theme year.  The CFT selected this theme for 2014-15 as a way to explore the challenges all educators face in negotiating difference and power in their classrooms.  When we selected...

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Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

Apr. 30, 2015—By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM” is a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives of university teaching centers.  As previously mentioned,...

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Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

Apr. 23, 2015—By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow The CFT is in the thirteenth week of “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM,” a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives...

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Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM: A Blog Series

Apr. 16, 2015—By Vivian Finch, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow The CFT is in the twelfth week of “Thinking STEM, Teaching STEM,” a blog series that spotlights some of the videos produced at Vanderbilt for the CIRTL MOOC course, “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching.” This course drew on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and representatives...

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Symposium on Teaching, Difference, and Power April 21st, 2pm

Apr. 13, 2015—Among the greatest challenges facing higher education in the US is the difficulty of creating diverse and democratic campus cultures and confronting, rather than replicating, an array of social inequalities. The Center for Teaching selected “Teaching, Difference, and Power” as its annual theme to understand the challenges educators face in negotiating difference and power in...

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