dB-SERC lunch discussion
Topic: Possibilities and challenges for teacher-student interactions in the classroom
When: Wednesday September 12 from 12 - 2 pm (NOTE DIFFERENT DAY; TWO HOURS)
Where: 321 Allen Hall

The next dB-SERC workshop will take place on Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 12 – 2 pm in 321 Allen Hall. During the lunch discussion, Dr Eric Kuo will discuss teacher-student interactions in the classroom. How teachers can support students’ real-time discussion, problem-solving, and disciplinary thinking in the classroom is a major question of university teaching. Yet, although many curricular and instructional materials and technologies have been developed and disseminated, there is comparatively little guidance for the university teacher on how to engage students around these materials. This video workshop will provide a space for teachers to develop their thinking on how their interactions with students impact thinking and learning in the classroom. The main activity will be analysis and discussion of a few video episodes of student-teacher interactions from university STEM classrooms. We’ll close by discussing some guidance suggested by the education research literature and extending the discussion to teacher-student interactions that attendees will bring from their own teaching experience.

One piece of preparation for attendees: You should think of a teacher-student interaction scenario from your own teaching that you find particularly challenging. There will be time at the end of the workshop for attendees to extend the discussion back to your own classroom. You could bring a particular “unsatisfying” interaction from your own teaching that continues to bug you. Alternatively, you could bring an activity that continues to present an interactional challenge for you in the classroom. The idea is apply the discussion to something meaningful in your own teaching.

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