Teaching Reflections

By writing Teaching Reflections, members of the College community become the voice of the Center of Teaching and Learning. Our biweekly installments reflect on teaching philosophy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, pedagogical techniques, and helpful resources. We strive to engage and inform. Many thanks to all Albion College teachers who have shared their thinking and practice in a Teaching Reflection!

Using Advanced Questioning Techniques

Holger Elischberger, Psychological Science

During the first week of my child and adolescent development course this semester, we covered theories. This tends to be a topic that students don’t find very compelling. Despite the many interesting (I think) examples I use to illustrate different aspects of various theories, I’ve still primarily relied on lecture to teach the material.

The ACUE module on “Advanced Questioning Techniques” gave me an opportunity to switch things up by crafting questions designed to make students actively think about two specific theories.

Dealing with Disruption

Jocelyn McWhirter, Religious Studies

About a year ago, I took stock of my efforts to promote a civil learning environment. I patted myself on the back for things like dressing well, being prepared, starting and ending class on time, creating norms for classroom conduct, and establishing trust from day one. I was setting the tone for a civil learning environment.

I realized, however, that I wasn’t effectively addressing the inevitable disruptions. I resolved to be more proactive in this area — and I’ve kept my resolution! Here are some techniques that have proven effective.

Teaching Journal

Dominick Quinney, Ethnic Studies

For the last few weeks, I’ve taken notes on some of my teaching experiences. I’ve been paying attention to things that go particularly well in class (from my perspective) as well as things that could be improved.

Using a Concept Map

Trisha Franzen, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

In the first few weeks of this semester I tried using a concept map in my 200-level class, Gender and the Global Garden. In this class we have read about the development of feminist environmental theory. At the center of this field of study lies “ecofeminism.”

Ecofeminism developed from feminism and environmentalism in the 1970s.  Since then it has been critiqued by both feminist and environmentalists. Based on those critiques, scholars have created various other feminist environmental theories.

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