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Teaching Circles for Innovative Pedagogy

The Teaching Circles are designed to help faculty examine an existing course with an eye toward making it more engaging and active for student learning (and their own enjoyment of teaching!).

All sessions are video conferenced between the Pleasantville and New York City campuses.


Teaching Circle #1

Fostering Student Enagement  – Online and Face-to-Face Courses – Facilitated by Peter McDermott, Jennifer Pankowski and Elizabeth Smith
Student engagement and motivation are always a challenge regardless if the teaching occurs face-to-face or online.  This workshop identifies factors affecting students' motivation to learn. It will present strategies to keep learners engaged, take charge of their learning goals, and feel part of a positive, accessible learning community.

Date: Tuesday, February 14 
Time: 3:25 pm - 4:25 pm
Location: Kessel Conference Room C/D, 163 William St Room #501


Teaching Circle #2

Developing Dynamic Assessment Models – Facilitated by Peter McDermott, Jennifer Pankowski and Elizabeth Smith
Dynamic assessment is a relatively new approach in which student ability is assessed through problem solving and reflection on how to improve performance, in essence learning from experience. This workshop examines the model's theoretical background and implications for classroom assessment.

Date: Wednesday, March 8 
Time: 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm
Location: Pleasantville M16, New York City E319


Teaching Circle #3

Addressing Students' Learning Differentials – Facilitated by Peter McDermott, Jennifer Pankowski and Elizabeth Smith
Pace students are diverse learners and such diversity requires instructors to be aware and embrace learning differences. This workshop identifies the role of instructors in content-based courses and offers practical teaching methods toward supporting all students to successfully learn.

Date: Thursday, April 20 
Time: 3:25 pm - 4:25 pm
Location: Pleasantville M16, New York City E319