Center for Teaching and Learning
Teaching Large Classes Boot Camp
Teaching Large Classes Boot Camp: Shaping Effective Teaching Strategies for Large Classes
Presented by the Center for Faculty Excellence
Teaching Large Classes "Boot Camp" is a two-and-a-half-day program that provides an opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty across disciplines to develop large-class designs that are engaging and interactive. This workshop will bring together both faculty experienced in and new to teaching large classes to share ideas and strategies for addressing the challenges of teaching large numbers of students. You will have the opportunity to participate in interactive teaching demonstrations, share your concerns and ideas, and gain insights to managing and making the large classroom learning experience more engaging, for both you and your students. You will also have the opportunity to apply these ideas by creating activities and exercises for your course and to test them in a collegial and collaborative atmosphere.
- Where: BTSU 207/ Math Science 210
- When: August 12, 13, 14
- Time: August 12, 9-12; August 13, 8-5; August 14, 8-5
- Participants: Seating is limited; register by August 5, 2013 to guarantee your place. Register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9LYPJN.
- Faculty: Dr. Miles Blanton, Dr. Paul Cesarini, Anthony Fontana, Dr. Matthew Partin, Dr. Karen Sirum.
Teaching Large Classes Boot Camp Outline
Day One: Introductions and Orientation (Meet in 207 BTSU−9:00 a.m. to 12 noon)
- Welcome on Behalf of the Center for Faculty Excellence
- Introduction and Expectations
- Introductions of Facilitators
- Discussion – What is Learning and What Environments Best Promote It?
- Discussion − The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Large Classes
- Closing Remarks
Day Two: Getting Down to Brass Tacks and How To’s (Meet in Math Science 210 − 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
NOTE: All of the following sessions are interactive and model best practices in the large classroom.
- Dr. Karen Sirum, “Promoting Student Engagement in the Large Classroom: Management Strategies for Large Classroom Discussions and Group Problem Solving”
- Return to 207 BTSU
- Anthony Fontana, “Classroom Response Systems for Enhanced Engagement”
- Dr. Paul Cesarini, “Adopting a Large Classroom Persona”
- Dr. Matt Partin, “Crafting Great Assignments and Assessments”
- Dr. Miles Blanton, “Flipping the Classroom for Deeper Learning”
Day Three: Brass Tacks to Teachable Units: Applications to Your Specific Teaching (Meet in 207 BTSU−8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Workshopping a “Teachable Unit”
- Microteaching Experience
- Large Classroom Learning Cohort