Teaching Center Workshops

Teaching Critical Thinking

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Eads Hall, Room 217

One of our most widely shared goals across the disciplines is to teach our students to think critically. But how do we define critical thinking and how do we teach it? This interactive workshop for Washington University faculty will provide an opportunity for participants to refine their understanding of what constitutes critical thinking as it relates to their respective disciplines, as well as to discuss effective approaches for teaching students to improve their critical-thinking skills. The structure of this workshop is designed to help participants:

  • Sharpen their definition of critical thinking
  • Apply a model of critical thinking to identify and explore aspects of teaching critical thinking that they would like to develop
  • Identify approaches to fostering critical thinking during class

Presenter: Beth A. Fisher, PhD, Director of Academic Services (The Teaching Center)

Registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch. Beverages, snacks, and cookies will be provided.

Inclusive Teaching and Learning: Fostering Civil Discourse in “Uncivil” Times

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Eads Hall, Room 217

While topics related to identity, inequality, power, and politics have always been challenging to discuss in the classroom, teaching these topics has become increasingly complex during this time of division and conflict. This workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to discuss these challenges and to develop concrete strategies for fostering civil, respectful discussions in order to advance understanding across differences. Topics will include i) establishing ground-rules and expectations, ii) teaching through tense moments, and iii) addressing bias in the classroom.

Presenters: Beth Fisher, PhD, Director of Academic Services (The Teaching Center); Denise Leonard PhD, Associate Director for Graduate-Student and Postdoc Programs (The Teaching Center); and Christi Smith, PhD, Assistant Dean and Senior Scholar (Center for Diversity and Inclusion)

Registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Refreshments will be provided.