Why Don't Students Like School?


Brain-Based Learning



This spring, our seminar will focus on an exploration of “brain-based” or cognitive science approaches to teaching and learning. Through reading and discussing Daniel T. Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School?, we will identify objectives for improving our own teaching and learning as individuals and peers. We will begin to design activities to meet these objectives and to think about ways of assessing our teaching and learning over the next few years.

The questions below will recur throughout the term in the seminar and in informal discussions:
  • Why aren’t MY students learning?
  • Why ARE my students learning?
  • How do I learn? Can I learn differently?
  • What useful connections might I find between my research and my teaching?
  • What can my peers learn from MY teaching? What can I learn from my peers’ teaching?
  • How can I teach more effectively and with less time and stress before, during, and after?

New Faculty News

  • Partners in Practice In this week's blog, teaching has its own cognitive-science implications as a discipline and as a practice:  http://lehmanfacultyprofessionaldevelopment.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
    Posted May 2, 2012, 7:46 AM by Gina Rae Foster
  • Smart Juice: Is There a Magic Formula for Intelligence? Is there a magic formula for increasing intelligence? Read the Commons blog: http://tinyurl.com/7o58ryz
    Posted Apr 23, 2012, 6:25 AM by Gina Rae Foster
  • Spring Break: No Seminar Meeting April 10 Enjoy your time off! We'll meet again on April 17.
    Posted Apr 4, 2012, 1:12 PM by Gina Rae Foster
  • Where Is the Mini-Me in My Classroom? How do you bridge the gap between your expertise and students' entry level or less-developed mastery in your discipline? Take a look at our conversation: http://tiny.cc/4ob9bw
    Posted Apr 4, 2012, 1:11 PM by Gina Rae Foster
  • Practice Makes for Mental Presence Catch up on your seminar news: review our discussion of "drilling" as a means to increasing working memory and laying the groundwork for expertise: http://tiny.cc/pib9bw
    Posted Apr 4, 2012, 1:09 PM by Gina Rae Foster
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Seminar Time & Location

Our End-of-Term Faculty Celebrations!!!
Thursday, May 17, 5-7 p.m., CA 263

Monday, May 21, 12-2 p.m., Library 213 

Join us for food, fun, & a little book party on the 21st:)