Reading Groups

Reading groups, offered several times each semester, provide up-to-date information on topics in effective teaching and give participants valuable experience in leading group discussions. For each session, approximately 50–75 pages are assigned in advance, and one to two PFF students guide the discussion, which generally lasts about 90 minutes.

As of 16US: Students are required to attend four reading groups, serving as a group leader for one of these four meetings.

All students enrolled in PFF before 16FS will be held to the old standard, which required students to attend two groups as a participant and a third as a leader.
 

Reading Group Schedule, Spring 2017

The reading group schedule and corresponding readings are posted on the PFF Blackboard page under the reading group tab, which is located in the left-hand navigation

Note: You must register before the group starts to participate. You do not need to be officially enrolled in the PFF program to participate in reading groups. 

1. Women in Academia

Date:  TBD

Time:  TBD

Location:  TBD

2. Team-Based Learning

Date:  Tuesday 10/10/17

Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location:  TBD

3. Building Rapport and Lasting Relationships with Students

Date:  TBD

Time:  TBD

Location:  TBD

4.  Teaching Critical Thinking

Date:  Wednesday 11/08/17

Time:  2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location:  Braustein 312

5. Online Learning

Date:  Tuesday 11/14/17 to Thursday 11/16/17

Location:  Online Wiki Forum

Reading Group Discussion Guidelines

Leaders should download these guidelines and consider them carefully as they plan to lead a reading group.

To view this document, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download.

Examples of Reading Group Topic

Recent Reading Group Topics:

  • New Faculty: Helpful Tips, Unexpected Challenges, and Gaining Tenure
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Teaching Strategies for Large Enrollment Classes
  • Inclusioin and Diversity in Higher Ed
  • Setting Up your own Program of Research
  • Motivating Culturally Diverse Students
  • Evaluations and Assessment
  •  
  • Teaching What You Don't Know
  • Teaching Nonmajors
  • Incivility: Classroom Management Techniques
  • To Tech or Not to Tech
  • Being an International Student on the Academic Job Market
  • The Biology of Learning
  • The Balance between Teaching and Research
  • Silent Students: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Creating Significant Learning Experiences
  • Evaluations and Assessment
  • Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Ed
  • Learner-Centered Teaching
  • Motivating Culturally Diverse Students
  • New Faculty: Helpful Tips, Unexpected Challenges, and Gaining Tenure
  • Online Learning  
  • Setting Up your own Program of Research
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Teaching Strategies for Large Enrollment Classes
  • Non-Tenure Track Teaching
  • What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Issues of Ethics for College Teachers
  • Teaching Unprepared Students
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Cheating