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Teach Week

Are any of our readers participating in Teach Week?

Teach Week kicks off on Thursday, May 23 with Teaching Students Before Content facilitated by Betsy Burris of Teaching Through Emotions. This workshop provides background on student-centered teaching and serves as a foundation for other workshops in the series.

Teach Week will give you the opportunity to dig deeper with different campus partners, and you will leave each workshop with a concrete takeaway to use in your upcoming courses.

1) How much is this costing Williams?

2) “Teach week is an event of the Williams College Collaborative for Faculty Development.” The Event Planning Committee includes 9 people, not a single (!?) one of them a member of the faculty.

3) Not all of this is obviously useless. In fact, the sessions today actually seem sort of interesting!

4) Much is also tendentious social justice left nonsense. Example from tomorrow:

In this workshop, we will discuss the ways that language, microaggressions, and incomplete empathy can inhibit student success. Using case studies, we will work together to identify the sources of micro- and macro-aggressions, and we will discuss effective problem solving strategies and word-choices in response to hostile situations. We will then practice having productive conversations about difference with our peers and our students.

I hope that one of trouble-making faculty friends sends us a report from this event. But I doubt that any of them will go!

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#1 Comment By EphProf On May 29, 2019 @ 6:50 am

This has been a nice series of workshops and I wish I could attend more than I have been able to (busy time of year with graduation and end of semester stuff). It’s great to be at an institution that provides these kinds of professional development sessions. DDF, as you say above, some are more useful than others. The ones that provide tools and new ideas for the classroom are great.

#2 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On May 29, 2019 @ 9:31 am

I think (and I believe most Ephs believe) that one of the best thing about the College is the commitment of the faculty to undergraduate teaching. This (should) play(s) a significant role in hiring/retention/promotion decisions. So I applaud Williams for providing training to help improve faculty teaching skills. While I think some teaching skills are innate, I also think that they can be taught, and learned.

#3 Comment By abl On May 29, 2019 @ 10:23 am

Much is also tendentious social justice left nonsense. Example from tomorrow:

In this workshop, we will discuss the ways that language, microaggressions, and incomplete empathy can inhibit student success. Using case studies, we will work together to identify the sources of micro- and macro-aggressions, and we will discuss effective problem solving strategies and word-choices in response to hostile situations. We will then practice having productive conversations about difference with our peers and our students.

Your writing is better when you leave these sorts of snarky and unthoughtful bits out. If you’re going to call something out as “nonsense,” at least provide a single reason.

#4 Comment By Snowed In On May 29, 2019 @ 1:55 pm

By my estimate, the morning session today (5/29) had around ten participants. I believe that’s around 3% of the teaching faculty.

#5 Comment By fendertweed On May 29, 2019 @ 4:12 pm

I agree with @abl

#6 Comment By Blare On May 31, 2019 @ 12:47 am

In this workshop, we will discuss the ways that language, microaggressions, and incomplete empathy can inhibit student success. Using case studies, we will work together to identify the sources of micro- and macro-aggressions, and we will discuss effective problem solving strategies and word-choices in response to hostile situations. We will then practice having productive conversations about difference with our peers and our students.

If you’re going to call something out as “nonsense,” at least provide a single reason.

I propose that the workshop be filmed. We all should learn how microaggressions and incomplete empathy inhibit student success. Let’s get specific and make it open to the public. Let’s hear the whole argument.