Ways and Means
The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Ways and Means program meets approximately twice a semester and focuses on the ways students learn and the means by which we teach them. Each session is a one-time-only reading group. Interested faculty read a chapter from a book on pedagogy or teaching technique and meet together over lunch to discuss the material. The book is then made available through the bookstore to those faculty interested in reading the rest of the book.
The books that have been highlighted since the Ways and Means program began in Fall 2004 are as follows:
Stephen D. Brookfield, Discussion As A Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms. Second Edition, Jossey-Bass, 1999
William Timpson, Metateaching and the Instructional Map. Atwood Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin, 1999
Stephen D. Brookfield, The Skillful Teacher on Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. Second Edition, Jossey-Bass, 2006
Donald Finkel, Teaching with your Mouth Shut, Boynton/Cook Publishers, Inc., 2000.
Robert Boice, Advice to New Faculty Members. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon Publishing, 2000
Robert Leamnson, Thinking about Teaching and Learning: Developing Habits of Learning with First-Year College and University Students. Stylus Publishing, Inc., 1999
Robert Boice, First Order Principles. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing, Inc., 1996.
Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do. Harvard University Press, 2004.
National Research Council, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. National Academy Press, 2000 (2002).
Gerald Graff, Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind. Yale University Press, 2003.