Teachers TalkingGood Conversation. Free Lunch.


The Kendall Center’s "Teachers Talkings" are opportunities for faculty and staff to share information with colleagues that is relevant to teaching in its broadest form (e.g, advising, assessment, student support, etc.). Please email Patricia English-Schneider or Dan Moos if you are interested in leading a "Teachers Talking" session or have an idea for a session you would like someone else to lead. All ideas are welcomed and encouraged!

Grab a coupon for free lunch at Marketplace, then meet in the St Peter Room


Fall 2023

Friday, September 15 (11:30 - 12:30 and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Join colleagues during a Kendall Center sponsored lunch to discuss teaching challenges and opportunities for the 2023 – 2024 academic year. You provide the topics for discussion and the Kendall Center will provide lunch tickets. Interested participants can email Dan Moos (dmoos) or Patty English (penglish), Excellence in Teaching Co-Faculty Associates, with suggested topics for the session. Please email suggestions by September 13th. Dan and Patty will organize topics prior to the session and participants will have an opportunity to engage in collaborative discussions on the topics they find most interesting.

Friday, October 27 (11:30 - 12:30 and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Alternatives to traditional assessment/grading
What are alternatives to traditional student learning assessments in the classroom? When should teachers consider using alternatives to traditional student learning assessments? Whether you have already integrated non-traditional assessments in your class, plan to do so or are just curious, please join this collaborative discussion with faculty from different departments who use non-traditional assessments in their classes. These non-traditional approaches include ungrading methods for exams, a mark system and labor-based grading. The faculty will share their experiences with these methods and plans for future use. An overview of alternative grading can be found here: https://teaching.unl.edu/resources/alternative-grading/

Friday, November 10 (12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Building Community in the Classroom

Friday, December 8th (11:30 - 12:30 and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Measuring Intercultural Competence via Community Engagement
 As a result of the Presidential Faculty / Student Collaboration Award, Cosette Melton-Hanily '25 (Psychological Science & Studio Art) and K. Angelique Dwyer will share findings regarding the intercultural skills tracked via community engagement by Gustavus students enrolled in Spanish classes during 6 sequential semesters from fall of 2016 to the spring of 2019. We analyzed anonymous course-embedded student reflections against the AAC&U Intercultural Competence rubric. We will feature areas of growth in specific intercultural skills, service placement type, and on a longitudinal scale.

Spring 2024

Friday, February 23 (11:30 - 12:30 and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Supporting Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom

Friday, March 1 (11:30 - 12:30 pm and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Strategies to Promote Discussion in the classroom

Friday, April 12 (11:30 - 12:30 pm and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Designing Effective Group Work

Friday, April 26 (11:30 - 12:30 pm and/or 12:30 - 1:30 pm)
Designing Research Assignments for Information Literacy

If you have a topic suggestion, please let us know