Focus on Teaching and Learning: Lunch and Learn Series

This series is a collaborative effort with Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and aims to build your skills and knowledge while engaging in conversation and discussion with colleagues during a lunch and learn format. Connect your work with the workshop topic and leave with concrete ideas for incorporating it into your classroom experience. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Please register at least one week prior to the workshop.

Teach the Students You Have

September 25, 2019
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

This session will explore strategies for designing course objectives with your current students in mind. It will focus on identifying what they need to know by the end of your course and five years down the road.

The Fast and the Formative:
Strategies to Gauge Learning in the Moment

October 29, 2019
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Have you ever wondered if your students are comprehending the material you just taught? This session will explore various strategies for finding out what your students are learning as they learn it.

Coming in Spring 2020

  • February: How do I know if my instructional changes are effective?
  • March: How do I make “group work” work?
  • April: Creative Assignments and Alternative Assessments

Communities of practice

Beginning this September the CTLE will coordinate communities of practice for faculty during the fall and spring semesters. The objective is to provide opportunities for faculty to discuss relevant teaching topics with each other throughout the semester with the goal of improving teaching effectiveness. If you are interested in participating via any of the formats outlined below, please respond using the short survey following the descriptions.

Book Groups

  • Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan D. Grawe
    This book is a practical guide for navigating coming enrollment challenges to higher education.Facilitated by Meredith Symposium member Jerry Mager, the group will meet from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Eggers Café on the following dates:

    -Monday, September 16 – Chapters 1-3
    -Monday, October 21 – Chapters 4-7
    -Monday, November 18 – Chapters 8-11

    The CTLE will provide a copy of the book to those participating. If you would like to participate, please contact us at to arrange getting your copy of the book.

  • The Happy Professor: How to Teach Undergraduates and Feel Good About It by Bill Coplin
    This book is a self-help manual so that undergraduate professors in all fields can test out his suggestions ideas for themselves. College professors will be much happier because their actions will meet the needs of their students and society.Facilitated by Meredith Symposium member and author Bill Coplin, the group will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Maxwell 105 on the following dates:

    -Friday, September 20 – Introduction and Part I (Roles)
    -Friday, October 18 – Parts II (Strategies) and III (Engagement Tactics)
    -Friday, November 15 – Parts IV (Organizational Tactics), V (Remedial Tactics), and VI (Citizenship Tactics)

    The CTLE will provide a copy of the book to those participating. If you would like to participate, please contact us at to arrange getting your copy of the book.

Coffee Groups

  • Teaching Science Writing
    Join Genevieve Garcia de Mueller and Lenny Grant for conversations about teaching science writing.The group will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Noble Room in Hendricks Chapel on the following dates:

    -Monday, September 16
    -Monday, October 21
    -Monday, November 18

    Please contact us at if you would like to participate.

Teaching Squares

  • Members meet and agree to classroom visits
  • Members agree to offer positive reinforcement for what’s working
  • Each member receives classroom visits from the other three members
  • Each member receives feedback for the classroom visit from the other three members
  • No more than 4 per group

Interested in participating? Please complete the communities of practice online survey.

Latin Pedagogy Workshop with Justin Slocum Bailey

September 20 & 21 (Friday & Saturday), 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day
Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse, NY

For all who are interested in teaching modern or classical languages in the target language. Using interactive demonstrations in Latin, Justin will provide hands-on training for teachers and learners who are keen to learn more about immersive teaching techniques and how to build a joyful community in the classroom.

Language instructors at all levels have become increasingly convinced of the power of applying practices informed by research in linguistics. This has led to exciting changes in both K-12 schools and universities, but many instructors have not had the benefit of training in such practices, and training events can be hard to find. These workshops have been specifically developed to fill that gap.

For registration information visit the Bringing Latin to Life web page.