Book Circles - Fall 2017
The CTLT hosts book circles throughout the academic year and during summers. They are open to all Cal Poly faculty and staff. Selected books draw from a broad array of thoughtful and inspiring educational literature. These are opportunities to enrich your knowledge about timely and significant topics related to higher education while engaging with colleagues from across campus. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the selected book with the expectation that they will engage in up to three discussion sessions. Specific dates, times, and locations will be discussed and solidified when participants are enrolled. You may sign up for more than one each quarter, but only if you are sure that you will be able to participate in multiple book circles.
Our cumulative Book Circle list of selections is available here
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error
If it seems odd to read a book that focuses on errors, consider that all that we know about ourselves and the universe has required humans to -- at many points along the way -- recognize that what we thought was true was in fact wrong. And as scholars we can recognize that what we know now is subject to challenge, revision and possibly outright refutation. That is essential to an authentic process of inquiry at the core of human achievement. Schultz is an engaging writer who leads us through the underappreciated history of error and explore why we get things wrong, what it feels like to be wrong, why we resist recognizing when we are wrong, and how to get better at being wrong -- all in the service of honing our critical thinking skills essential to our work as educators. We expect to discover ideas to help our students become better at recognizing and accepting their beliefs and assumptions needs revision, and we just might learn some ways to improve our capacity to embrace and learn from errors. For a sample of Schultz's insights as a "wrongologist," check out her engaging TED talk.
Facilitators: Hannah Roberts, Counseling Services, and Patrick O'Sullivan, CTLT
A "Mindful Educator Community of Practice" selection
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Teaching
Two elements in the book's title touch on key aspects of the book's purpose that are worth noting when considering joining this circle. One is the focus on the "... Science of Learning." In recent years, researchers have been compiling numerous new insights into how the human brain learns. These findings are terrifically valuable for ideas on more powerful teaching techniques, and Lang has identified many of the most relevant research to share in this book. The second element of the title worth noting is the focus on "Small Teaching." Lang's emphasis is on small-scale adjustments that are not difficult or time-consuming to implement but that could yield big benefits for student learning. Lang is a graceful and engaging writer, which means he introduces and contextualizes complex concepts in accessible and enjoyable ways. If you want to learn about new findings in the science of learning to apply to your teaching, this book is for you. You will come away with many compelling ideas that you will be able to put into immediate practice to enhance your teaching effectiveness.
Facilitator: Patrick O'Sullivan, CTLT
Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom
This powerful book, full of action strategies, provides everything you ever needed to know about teaching young children―and adults―about bias and diversity. Drawing from her own diverse experiences, author Katie Kissinger invites us to "join others in an effort to create a world where every person can feel safe and welcome to be who they are." This Book Circle is not only for Early Childhood Education Educators, but also for daycare providers, parents, etc. If you care about how to teach the values of diversity and inclusion to our future generations, this book is for you!
Facilitators: Carrie Langner, Psychology and Child Development, and Kari Mansager, OUDI