Teachers Talking

Good Conversation. Free Lunch.


All Teachers Talking sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet.


Thursday, September 19, 2017
Enhanced Advising Using Starfish
This fall marks our first semester piloting a web-based advising and retention software called Starfish. Starfish equips faculty members to raise alerts, give kudos, and refer students to helpful campus resources. We’ll begin with a brief Starfish demo, then start the discussion. What are your biggest advising challenges? How do you keep notes of your advising meetings? Finally, how can using Starfish help us become better advisors? Whether you’re already an ‘early adopter’ of Starfish or are looking to get started, please join us for the discussion.
Marni Dunning - Associate Director for Instructional Services, GTS and Tom McHugh - Director, Center for Academic Resources and Enhancement (CARE)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Educational Neuromyths
There is significant interest in translating findings from educational psychology and neuroscience into classroom practices. Unfortunately most of these findings are very complex, with few clear indications of how to directly incorporate them to benefit our pedagogy and student learning. This leads to the proliferation of learning-related "neuromyths": plausible-sounding conclusions that aren't fully backed by research. Which educational practices are truly evidence-based and which are "myths"? Join Patricia Reeder and Lauren Hecht (Psychological Science) for a discussion of educational neuromyths, contemplate our responsibility as educators to share truths about the learning process with our students, and brainstorm ideas on how to overcome student biases regarded neuromyths. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 
Copyrights and Wrongs.
Can I do that? Do I need permission? Wait, since we're an educational institution I don't have to worry, right? Every day as we create handouts and put readings on Moodle, use images or video clips in slides, or include an image or video clip in a blog post, we bump up against copyright questions, and the answers are never clear-cut. In this session, facilitated by Barbara Fister (Library), we'll discuss how copyright law got so complicated, how to think through the four-factor test for fair use, and how we and our students can make well-balanced decisions about legally and ethically sharing copyrighted material in our courses and in our creative and scholarly work.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The new Research, Scholarship, & Creativity Database allows faculty to submit their accomplishments (and those of their students) to the Kendall Center’s biannual faculty achievements publication, “Inside Gustavus” and other marketing publications, and individual and departmental webpages, all by filling out a single online form. Blake Couey (Religion), Eric Dugdale (Classics), and Tom Huber (Physcis) will provide an overview of the database, and participants will have the opportunity to make a submission with step-by-step guidance. Come with your laptops and your questions!

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Teaching an On-Campus J-Term
Teaching an on-campus J-term for the first time? Or for the 10th? Or somewhere in between? Come talk with experienced J-term instructors John Cha (Religion), Sarah Wolter (Communication Studies), and Marian Broida (Religion) about how to design, structure, and implement J-term courses that take advantage of J-term’s distinctive opportunities (and don’t fall prey to its distinctive pitfalls).

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Working Effectively with Anxious and Perfectionist Students
Hannah Godbout PsyD LP, Staff Psychologist at the Gustavus Counseling Center, will be holding a discussion related to addressing student mental health needs. As students prepare for finals, it makes some sense for us to do some preparation for the mood symptoms that could be triggered by the stress of this time of the year. Are there ways to work more effectively with students who are anxious? perfectionist? struggling to get to class? Perhaps. Bring your hypothetical or lived experiences and let's take time to discuss them and look for ways to balance the increasingly complex needs of our students with the rigor that is expected of them at our institution

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Academic Integrity 
Julie Bartley and Micah Maatman will share the knowledge gained from their role in dealing with Honor Code violations. They will speak about the patterns they have observed in how students are violating the Honor Code and why some cases do need the Honor Board to weigh in. Julie and Micah will also share strategies for speaking with students about how the Honor Code applies in your course.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 
Open Access Publishing
Scholars publish research so it can contribute to the ongoing conversations that refine what we think and what we know. To keep up, scholars want get their hands on published research, which can be difficult when it’s behind a paywall, particularly for those without an affiliation. We’ll discuss how to make your research more accessible to all through open access options, what to look out for when choosing where to publish, and how our disciplines are responding to the economic and cultural challenges of shifting from subscriptions and paywalls to new ways of making research public.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Involving Students in Your Research
Have you wanted to involve students in your research, but aren't sure how go about it? Or are you looking for fresh ideas for including students in your work? Join Blake Couey and Eric Dugdale to hear how your colleagues from a variety of disciplines have successfully engaged students in their RSC projects, and learn about plans for expanded opportunities in the future for collaborative research with our students.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Starfish: The Next Generation
Now that we're well into our second semester of using Starfish to record advising notes, raise academic flags, and give kudos, let's talk about about what's working, what's not, and what the future may hold. With fall registration (and your student advisee appointments) quickly approaching, we'll show you how easy it is to record the notes from these appointments - and the benefits this provides you, the student, and the student's future advisor. This session is meant to be useful for all faculty members, whether you're already an active Starfish user or have been watching with interest from the sidelines. Please bring your laptop (and your appetite) and join us for the discussion.
Facilitated by Tom McHugh - Director, Center for Academic Resources & Enhancement (CARE) and Jane Lalim - Associate Director, Center for Academic Resources & Enhancement (CARE).

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
What is “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” and Why Does it Matter?
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) is a relatively new way of approaching the issue of justice, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. According to Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World (Paris and Alim 2017), CSP “seeks to perpetuate and foster--to sustain--linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation” (1). What does that mean? What does that look like in the classroom? How is CSP truly different from previous initiatives towards equity and inclusion? What are the potential uses (and challenges) of CSP? Our CSP reading group has been asking these questions, but no prior knowledge is necessary to join us in this conversation.

Thursday, April 12, 2018  
Reading in Common
The 2018 Reading in Common selection is The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy People, Food, and Communities. The book chronicles efforts by Will Allen to develop a sustainable urban food system in Milwaukee. It explores a variety of topics related to this fall’s Nobel Conference and themes discussed in many FTS sections including food security and access, agricultural techniques, health and nutrition, race, class, and business/entrepreneurship. Join us for lunch and conversation about integrating the book into FTS and other fall courses. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Nobel Conference 2018: Preparing the Soil for Your Fall Classes
Does the topic of this fall's Nobel Conference seem far removed from your own discipline? Struggling to imagine how you might interest your students in the topic? Join your colleagues, as we identify the ways in which the topic of soil is relevant across the disciplines. (Shakespeare, it turns out, is full of dirt.) We'll share resources and brainstorm ways to incorporate the topic. The session will also include a brief overview of the main conference events, facilitated by Lisa Heldke.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
"Faculty Panel on Models & Tips for Community-Based Learning Classes" will demonstrate a variety of approaches and share tips for implementing Community-Based Learning in classes at home and in study away settings. A panel of faculty will present a variety of models for CBL from across different disciplines. This Teachers' Talking will be helpful for instructors who are relatively new to Community-Based Learning and are interested in adding this pedagogical technique to a course, and for all faculty who are interested in knowing more about how CBL is being implemented at Gustavus.


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