Stop the Excuses! A Teacher’s Guide to Taming Students
Tuesday, February 8, 1– 2:30pm

If you are tired of students making excuses for late work and absenteeism, begging for extra credit assignments, and refusing to learn anything except that which will be on the next exam, this workshop provides a partial solution. Learn how to create a grading and classroom management system that gives students objective, meaningful grades and a reason to remediate missed or forgotten material, while eliminating the incentive for the usual classroom chicanery.

Adam Glesser, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Teaching with Simulations

Thursday, March 3, 11am– 12:30pm

Simulations have obvious advantages over other pedagogical techniques. They are more fun for students, impart practical experience rather than just conceptual understanding, and result in far better long-term retention of lessons learned than lectures. Simulations pose their own particular challenges, however. At this workshop you will learn three helpful principles: 1) re-ordering lessons to begin your course with more micro levels of analysis and build up to more macro levels, the opposite of orthodox teaching-by-textbook; 2) learning to thrive on making and identifying mistakes; 3) teaching decision-making amid uncertainty as a social skill.

Mark Lehrer, Associate Professor, Strategy and International Business

Writing Across Borders: International Students as Writers
Tuesday, March 8th, 1-2:30pm

We will view the Oregon State University– produced documentary Writing Across Borders and discuss the role culture plays in teaching and learning writing. We will also discuss how to effectively critique international student writers and offer strategies for efficient feedback and assessment.

Katie Linder, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence