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Spring 2018 Faculty Reading Groups

CAT’s faculty reading groups are a great chance to connect with colleagues from across the university, delve into the research on learning, and share practical strategies for making your classes even more effective. Each group will involve a series of three meetings, so please check your calendar to make sure you can attend. Space is limited. To RSVP, just email and we’ll send you your complimentary copy of the book. We look forward to working with you!

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset Reading/Working Group

Thursdays: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1 2:00-4:00

This group will discuss Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success to uncover ways we can demonstrate to students that their intellectual skills are not fixed; they can be cultivated through hard work, practice, feedback, and many other activities. This growth mindset has been associated with remarkable gains in student motivation and performance, so we’ll generate strategies for promoting a growth mindset at FSU.

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do

Stereotype Threat Reading/Working Group

Tuesdays: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 2:00-4:00

This faculty reading/working group will discuss Claude Steele’s text Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. Steele uses extensive research findings from across disciplines to illustrate
how identity threats and stereotypes influence behavior and performance. This group will examine how stereotypes affect our own students—and how we might work against the stereotypes with negative consequences and perhaps capitalize on the positive ones.

What The Best College Teachers Do

What The Best College Teachers Do

Thursdays: 2/15, 2/22, 3/1 10:00-12:00

Ken Bain wanted to know how some faculty manage to “make a sustained, substantial, and positive influence on how [their] students think, act, and feel.” How do some faculty consistently provoke deep learning, while the rest of us merely have good intentions? Bain conducted a fifteen-year study of a hundred extraordinarily effective teachers, to see how they help their students learn. The book traces how these exceptional teachers approach their subjects, their students, and the process of learning.

Cheating Lessons: Learning From Academic Dishonesty

Cheating Lessons Reading Group

Wednesdays: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7 10:00-12:00

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty is far more comprehensive, useful, and timely than the title suggests. When Lang began conducting research on academic honesty, seeking to “understand the mindset and the behavior of the cheating student,” he discovered that specific, often hidden features of course design and daily classroom practices can lead to cheating. He also discovered that the strategies most potent in minimizing dishonesty (associated with intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy, for instance) also engender deep learning. While discussing these powerful ideas and the implications for our own classrooms, we’ll also consider how we can cultivate academic integrity at FSU.

Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice

Learner-Centered Teaching Reading Group

Tuesdays: 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 3:00-5:00

Recent decades have brought a wealth of research on learning and cognition; these developments are gradually making their way into work on best practices for the college classroom. Doyle’s Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice is a practical guide to strategies for making effective use of the research. When we adjust our classroom focus from teaching to learning, we make our own work more gratifying, and we can enhance our students’ learning experience as well as their mastery of material. The group will generate specific strategies and activities for enriching our own classrooms.