TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Tuesday, , 2021
Good morning, K-State!
We are eleven weeks into the Fall 2021 semester, and the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) would like to remind you of our commitment to support your efforts in teaching, mentoring, and advising. We are excited to announce the various priorities, events, and resources that are designed to advance teaching and learning at K-State. This video explains what the TLC can do for you.
TLC Highlighted Teacher
This week, our highlighted teacher is Taylor Vargo. Taylor is a Graduate Instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and teaches several courses, including Experimental Methods, General Psychology, Consumer Psychology, and Human Factors. Her teaching philosophy is as follows: “My teaching/mentoring philosophy is focused around fostering excitement for my course materials and encouraging students to make connections between my courses and their daily lives. To do this, I focus on application assignments that do not require rote memorization of materials and rather highlight an understanding and ability to critically evaluate examples in their lives and during class time. This creates a classroom culture where students are using their voices to discuss material and critiques among fellow students and myself, bringing different ideas, thoughts, and experiences to the table to enhance their learning.”
Programs & Events
The theme for our Professional Development Series this year is “Mindful Returns.”
Events will occur on Wednesdays at 12 noon via Zoom: https://ksu.zoom.us/j/91689499348. We hope to see you there.
- On Wednesday, November 3rd (TOMORROW), Andie Faber will lead an event entitled, “Pulling back the curtain: Illuminating the how and why of learning in our classes.” Click here to see the promotional video for this event.
- On Wednesday, November 10th, Rebecca Paz, Kiley Moody, and Gregory Eiselein will lead an event entitled, “Engaging and Supporting First-Generation Students Through the New Not-Normal.” Click here to see the promotional video for this event.
- On Thursday, November 18th from 10:00am-4:00pm, the Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities will offer a free Teaching/Learning Colloquium to which all K-State faculty are invited to. Click here to learn more and register for this event.
Engage the Sage Videos to Support Excellent Teaching
As you progress into the final few weeks of the Fall 2021 semester, we would like to remind you of several video resources as part of Dr. Don Saucier’s YouTube channel, Engage the Sage:
- Teaching can be scary for many reasons, especially when experiencing the imposter phenomenon. Our “Embracing the Sage” video offers recommendations for how you can embrace your role as the sage, thus enhancing your teaching excellence.
- We are living in very stressful times. It’s more important now than ever to take care of ourselves so we can better support our students. Our “Taking Care of the Sage” video offers recommendations for you to consider regarding your own self-care.
- As instructors, we have many responsibilities! This can be very overwhelming at times. Our “Managing Opportunities” video provides recommendations for how we can think of our tasks as opportunities, and how we can manage these opportunities.
To stay in touch with new resources and events, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. To let us know how your semester is going, please use the hashtag #ITeachAtKState when you post about your teaching, mentoring, and advising activities.
Thank you for all you do for your colleagues and our students. And thank you for advancing K-State’s teaching and learning mission with energy and optimism. We look forward to partnering with you this academic year.
Tanya González Don Saucier
Interim Director of the TLC Associate Director of the TLC