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1 MCAPD 2013 Conference Presenter: Lynne Elkes

2 Lack of classroom participation Students fear of speaking Students fear of being wrong Students fear of standing out among peers

3 …One of the blessings of teaching is the chance it gives us for continuing encounters with the young, but whatever eventually blesses us may at first feel like a curse! We are more likely to survive the curse and arrive at the blessing if we understand that we may be as afraid of our students as they are of us… Palmer, Parker J. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, 2007.

4 Change the conversation NFL example Impacts of national or international news Be open to using a few minutes to detour

5 Try new ideas, and be very spur of the moment Literally shocking students into paying attention Make them look forward to attending They never know what you will do

6 QTDs: Guinness advertisement QTDs Macklemore Thrift Shop : find your subject in the strangest places

7 If you can find unusual examples of your subject in daily life, use them to trick students into seeing your subject outside the classroom Jon Stewart C-Span Late night talk shows

8 Never underestimate the power of interaction between students to learn Encourage them to work together in class Leave the lecture for e-learning and leave time for intra-learning

9 to explain a text to someone who has read it is to treat that person like a brute who is incapable of understanding…and it makes sure they wont learn Leads to stultification in the student From Chambers, Samuel. Walter White is a Bad Teacher: Pedagogy, Partage, and Politics in Season 4 of Breaking Bad, Theory & Event, forthcoming.

10 Free students to use their own intelligence (Rancière) Students will recognize the equality of intelligence leading to a new exchange dynamic between instructor and student De-emphasizes the sage on the stage From Chambers, Samuel. Walter White is a Bad Teacher: Pedagogy, Partage, and Politics in Season 4 of Breaking Bad, Theory & Event, forthcoming.

11 Good teaching is an act of hospitality toward the young, and hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest…the teachers hospitality to the student results in a world more hospitable to the teacher. Palmer, ib. id.

12 Be open about your experiences when they intersect your subject Students will warm to you and to the subject when they see implications beyond the textbook and a grade

13 Questions? Comments?


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