Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Spring 2017 Faculty Book Groups

To register, please review the descriptions below, select your favorite, then press the Register button below:


After you register, please come by PC 237 to pick up your complimentary copy of the book. We're open from 9:00 to 5:00. BBC book group participants will receive their copy in campus mail.

In order to ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings, so please review your calendar and make sure you can attend before signing up.


Teach Students How to Learn Reading/Working Group

MMC: Mondays: 1/23, 1/30 and 2/6 > 2-4 PM > PC 237 

In this engaging and highly readable guide to helping students learn to be better learners, internationally acclaimed teaching and learning expert Sandra McGuire describes the relationship between metacognition and student success and provides practical strategies for applying cognitive science to facilitating learning. From emotions and motivation to study strategies and higher order thinking, this book covers a wide range of topics relevant to improving students’ experiences in any course. Participants will discuss the concepts, explore the strategies, and generate concrete ideas for their own classrooms.                    

* Facilitated by Spring 2017 CAT Fellow Jen Bartman, Associate Director of Writing Across the Curriculum



My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture

MMC: Tuesdays: 1/24, 1/31 and 2/7 > 2-4PM > PC 237 

Blum's work seeks to "open a dialogue between faculty, administrators and their students that might lead to mutual understanding and better alignment between teachers' expectations and students' practices." Using her anthropological research on students and cheating Blum makes several suggestions she believes will help close the gaps in communication and prevent academic dishonesty. Participants will be encouraged to develop strategies that incorporate Blum's ideas into their courses.




Minds Online Reading/Working Group

MMC: Wednesdays: 1/25, 2/1 and 2/8 > 10AM to Noon > PC 237 

We’ll use this concise, nontechnical guide to help you determine how to best use technology to advance learning. “Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Michelle Miller explores how attention, memory, and higher thought processes such as critical thinking and analytical reasoning can be enhanced through technology-aided approaches. The techniques she describes promote retention of course material through frequent lowstakes testing and practice, and help prevent counterproductive cramming by encouraging better spacing of study. She presents innovative ideas for how to use multimedia effectively, how to take advantage of learners’ existing knowledge, and how to motivate students to do their best work and complete the course.”

Sponsored by FIU Educational Technology Services



What The Best College Teachers Do

MMC: Thursdays: 1/26, 2/2 and 2/9 > 10AM to Noon > PC 237  

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. His engaging, humorous book traces the results of his study, showing what we can learn from the way these exceptional teachers approach their subjects, their students, and the process of learning. 

* Facilitated by Spring 2017 CAT Fellow Ricardo Gonzalez, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies



Mindset Reading/Working Group

MMC: Wednesdays: 2/8, 2/15 and 2/22 > 2-4PM > PC 237 

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 FIU.



Blindspot Reading/Working Group

MMC: Thursdays: 2/16, 2/23 and 3/2 > 10AM to Noon > PC 237 

This group will discuss Banaji and Greenwald’s book Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, in which they share research evidence from the method they co-developed, the Implicit Association Test. The authors question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential. NPR’s segment “What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like” provides more details.



Collaborative Imagination

MMC: Mondays: 3/20, 3/27 and 4/3 > 2-4PM > PC 237 

Educational experiences can be transformative for students, affecting not only their knowledge and skills, but also the ways they engage (or don’t engage) in their communities. As faculty, we want our students to become informed, empowered, and engaged citizens, but we may not always know how to help them move from knowledge to action. We may wonder: What kinds of learning experiences encourage civic engagement? What kinds of rhetoric make students believe (or doubt) that they can make a difference in the world? In his book Collaborative Imagination, Paul Feigenbaum seeks to answer these questions, offering compelling insights from the history of educational programs—inside and outside of institutions—that have “earned activism” from students. He describes the combination of “utopian thinking and practical action” that can help students to imagine a better world and work together to help create it. In this group, we will discuss the stories and strategies in the book and relate them to our own teaching contexts, and in the last session, we will have a Q&A with the author, who is an Associate Professor of English at FIU.                                   

* Facilitated by Spring 2017 CAT Fellow Jen Bartman, Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum 


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