Hello and welcome to Innovative Teaching (iTeach), Emerson’s new blog sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Teaching Learning (CITL). The focus of iTeach is to provide an online venue for Emerson’s full- and part-time faculty to share and examine tried-and-true and innovative pedagogy theory or practices. It is a forum available to all Emerson faculty to share their enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of teaching. iTeach blog entries will be published bi-weekly.
iTeach is written by Robert Kubacki, Daniela Kukrechtova, and Bethany Nelson. We are the recently selected CITL Ambassadors. We think of ourselves as Teaching Excellence Associates, which translates to experienced and committed teachers who, like you, share a love of teaching, a desire to become an excellent teacher, and continuously aspire to facilitate a stimulating and engaging learning environment for our students. As your colleagues, we are a personal resource to you. We can connect with you virtually or face-to-face to discuss whatever is on your mind about teaching. Our other role will be to facilitate CITL sponsored workshops that will address specific topics related to teaching throughout the semester.
Who are we?
Bethany has taught at Emerson for over 15 years. She is a full-time term faculty member in the Performing Arts Department and Area Head of Undergraduate Theatre Education. She teaches core education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supervises student teachers in the field. Her emphasis in teaching is on student engagement, active learning, higher order thinking and making knowledge accessible to every learner.
Daniela teaches literature and poetry courses in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department and is entering her eighth year with Emerson as a part-time faculty member. In addition to modeling passionate interpretive and critical approaches to literature and poetry, her teaching focuses on and supports collective analysis, in-class writing, and work in teams as learning methodologies for students to achieve both individual writing and thinking excellence and empathy.
Robert is new to the Emerson community as a part-time faculty member of the Communication Studies Department. He brings over 15 years of experience in higher education with a strong background in on-line learning. He believes that course administration is a critical component for engaging students. He emphasizes critical thinking and linking course topics with students’ real life experience.
During the 2015 Spring semester, CITL will sponsor and we will facilitate workshops twice per month. The first one, in February, is entitled “Facilitating Classroom Dynamics.” We will invite workshop participants to consider techniques to set and maintain learning and behavioral expectations for students in the classroom environment. We will facilitate conversation regarding what has worked best in this regard based on the attendees’ experience and offer additional strategies for establishing positive and effective classroom learning dynamic.
Topic: Facilitating Classroom Dynamics
When: Thursday, February 19th from 1-2 p.m. and Monday, February 23rd from 3-4 p.m.
Where: Campus Center L151
Focus: Are you a new or seasoned teacher? Are you wondering what you can do differently to create an environment that supports teaching and learning? If so, this workshop will provide a variety of techniques for establishing, supporting and sustaining the learning environment that you want. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences about student behavior in your classroom that are challenging. Workshop participants will be asked to engage in offering how they address these types of challenges. CITL’s Instructional Development Ambassadors will facilitate the workshop.
Let’s Talk Teaching – Lunch Time Conversations
Topic: Whatever the participants would like to discuss about teaching
When: Thursday, February 26th from 12-1 p.m.
Where: The Multipurpose Room at the Campus Center
Focus: Collegial conversations, scheduled once a month, allow faculty to gather in a space and for a specific time in their schedule to talk to each other about teaching at Emerson College. CITL’s Instructional Development Ambassadors will
facilitate this conversation. This event will focus on discussion of how to sensitively and effectively address challenging and difficult topics in class, such as Ferguson or the Marathon bombing. Lunch will be served.
Please tell your colleagues about the iTeach blog and we look forward to making it a blog you will want to check frequently.