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Week of March 20: Manage challenging moments in your classroom

Angry student

Manage those moments when anger threatens to take over important classroom discussions.

Events are held at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s facilities in the ITDC building, at 301 Main St., unless otherwise noted. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please call the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Respectful Dialogues
Tuesday, March 21 • 9–10 a.m.

Learn strategies that will help you intervene in harmful or toxic conversations in your classrooms and engage your students in dialogue that fosters an understanding of multiple perspectives. Campuses across the country, including Illinois State University, have experienced a rise in hostile and polarizing comments in class. Illinois State is committed to ensuring that all students can learn in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and includes the expectation that students act in a mutually respectful manner towards each other. Registration is required.

Creating Articles for News.IllinoisState.edu
Tuesday, March 21 • 2–3 p.m.

Learn how to use the News.IllinoisState.edu content management system, powered by WordPress, to add news articles, tag them to feed to multiple locations (including your website), insert images, photo galleries, and more. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. Registration is required.

Camtasia: Level 1
Wednesday, March 22 • 9 a.m. to noon

Want to add your voice to a PowerPoint presentation and make it available to students online? Learn to use Camtasia, a screen-recording program that lets you narrate PowerPoint presentations, still images, or videos. Learn how to upload the final product so students can access it.  Registration is required.

Early Career Faculty Development Circle
Wednesday, March 22 • 12–1 p.m. or
Thursday, March 23 • 12–1 p.m.

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first, second, or third year of service at Illinois State a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy.

The topics for the Spring Early-Career Faculty Circle meetings are drawn from the book The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer. The text “builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher.” No reading is required for participation in these circles. Each participant will receive a copy of the book, but we will provide executive summaries of chapters. Understanding how to be authentically present in the classroom enables teachers to be deeply connected with their students and their subject which, in turn, enhances the learning process.

No registration is necessary. Come to either the Wednesday or Thursday session.

Word: Creating Fillable Forms
Thursday, March 23 • 1–2:30 p.m.

Learn how to create simple digital forms in Microsoft Word. We’ll explore this functionality and briefly talk about its advantages and disadvantages, and explore other options (such as creating forms in Adobe Acrobat). Registration is required.

Future Professors Development Circle
Friday, March 24 • 9:30–10:30 a.m.

This professional development circle helps graduate students prepare for a career teaching in the academy. Explore pedagogical issues, effective and disruptive teaching strategies, and gain confidence in your ability to teach at the college level. Share teaching tips, tricks, and get support from other future professors. All participants will receive a copy of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose et al., but no between-session reading is required. This group is open to all graduate students currently teaching or planning to teach in the future. No registration required. Attend as many as you can, but don’t worry if you can’t attend all of them!

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