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Book Reads

Instead of offering traditional professional developments, the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (FCTL) is offering something new this semester: Book Reads. Faculty, staff, and students may participate in these book reads. 

2019 fall book reads

  • "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," by Carol Dweck. Read led by Michael Dobranski. What do you think has helped you achieve your goals? What may help students achieve their goals? According to Dr. Carol Dweck it may be how we and our students approach goals and whether we are utilizing a fixed or growth mindset. With a better mindset, we can motivate students and help them improve their habits, as well as reach our own goals. Join us in reading and discussing Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck, to learn how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishments.
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  • Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life," by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. Read led by Kent Price. What if you had the power to change your brain for the better? What if your students knew that they what do now is determining not just the information stored in their brain, but the very wiring of their brain? In Soft Wired, Dr. Michael Merzenich--a world authority on brain plasticity--explains how the brain rewires itself across the lifespan, and how you can take control of that process to improve your life.
    Kent Price will lead a book read on this fascinating and useful text. Soft-Wired offers sound advice for evaluating your brain and gives clear, specific, scientifically proven guidance for how to rejuvenate, remodel, and reshape your brain to improve it at any age. You will be able to incorporate these ideas into your teaching style, your out-of-class interactions with students, and your own life. 
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  • "How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)," by Joshua Eyler. Read led by Dr. Daryl Privott. As educators we know teaching and learning is sometimes challenging. What if we could gain some additional insight into how we and college students actually learn? Joshua Eyler – Director, Center for Teaching Excellence – Rice University identifies five broad themes - curiosity, sociality, emotion, authenticity and failure in his inquiry of how we learn and offers practical takeaways for college educators.
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  • "Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership: A Guide to Implementing the Transparency Framework Institution-Wide to Improve ... Practices for Teaching in Higher Education)," by Mary-Ann Winkelmes (Editor), Allison Boye (Editor), Suzanne Tapp (Editor), Peter Felten (Foreword), Ashley Finley (Foreword). Read led by Kim Nettleton. Would you like to learn more about how to improve student outcomes for all students and increase retention? The Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework offers a simple premise in achieving these outcomes : make learning processes explicit and equitably accessible for all students. Transparent instruction involves faculty/student discussion about academic work before students undertake the work, making explicit the purpose of the work, the knowledge that will be gained; explaining the tasks involved, the criteria, and providing ‘real-world’ work applications.
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