Teaching and Learning Relationships

November 6, 2017

Teaching is not about information. It’s about having an honest intellectual relationship with your students. ~ Paul Lockhart

Please forgive me for stating the obvious – this is a difficult time for our Yellowjacket community. People have been impacted in various ways. In recent days, I’ve found myself reflecting often on the teaching and learning relationship and what it means to be at a university.

Teaching and learning are about relationships, not just knowledge and how it is taught. One of the best things about working at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are the countless and varied conversations about what it means to be a teacher. Over time, the themed response to “What is the most critical thing in the teaching and learning process?” is “relationship”.  This theme comes up again and again, regardless of role – student, staff, faculty, advisor, coach, and/or supervisor.  Some frame it as empathy and compassion, others as trust, others as responsiveness.

Numerous research studies support the importance links between relationship, teaching and student progress. When we combine students’ trust in us and our interest in their progress with best practices in teaching and learning, amazing things can happen.

This week showcases the importance of relationships.  It is National Veteran’s Week! I’ve attached Monte’s email from the Veteran and Non-traditional Student Center on the many activities to celebrate this week.  I’m pleased that our CETL collaboration with them continues.  Green Zone training will be held this Tuesday, November 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in CETL (Swenson 2074).  Why attend?  You will learn the strengths and challenges of student soldiers and veterans and various strategies to best support them both inside and outside the classroom. All are invited!

Chickering’s vectors of student development, long a staple of higher education, have been extended into working with student veterans. They include 1) developing competence, 2) managing emotions, 3) moving through autonomy toward interdependence and others. See more information at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Chickerings-Seven-Vectors-and-Student-Veteran-Development.aspx.

Additional upcoming events

  • The Global Awareness and Inclusivity Community of Practice meets this Wednesday, November 8 from noon – 12:50 p.m. in CETL (Swenson 2074). Facilitated by Jerel Benton and Lynn Amerman Goerdt, this is a great opportunity to share ideas and engage with colleagues in learning about students.  Attached is a schedule of events the group has developed – please share with your colleagues!
  • Learn@UW-Superior: Analysis and Grades is this Thursday, November 9 from noon – 1 p.m. in Swenson 2020 with Stacy Leno and Tom Tu. Why attend?  You will learn how to use these tools along with how to implement them to best support student learning. For example, did you know that you can use the analysis tool to see how much course material (if included in Learn@UW-Superior) that the student has accessed and for how long? This relates to how you might work with the student regarding study strategies.

If you cannot attend this session and would like more information, please feel free to contact Tom Tu at ytu@uwsuper.edu or x8463.

CETL events are winding down to better support faculty and staff during the final weeks of the semester. We are happy to consult with you on various teaching and learning interests and needs including instructional design/development, technology integration and media production. Please feel free to contact Monica, Del or Tom. See more details at https://www.uwsuper.edu/cetl/about/services.cfm.


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