Center for Faculty Innovation

“Mis-Adventures” in Teaching (Online Roundtable)

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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We’ve all experienced ‘em: mistakes and failures in the classroom. They can be hard to acknowledge and even harder to discuss with others, especially colleagues whose respect we’d like to keep. But teaching is full of mishaps, for every one of us. If we re-frame them, instead, as “mis-adventures,” and approach our experiences with a little curiosity, self-compassion, good humor, and sense of play, they can offer us an opportunity to deeply and critically reflect on our pedagogy and practice. What can we learn from difficult moments in the classroom? How do these moments push us to become better, more reflective practitioners? How can we individually and collectively “pursue a more truthful, vulnerable, and student-centered practice” through honest accounts of our teaching (Duffy, 2015, p. 5)? Come willing to share your own “mis-adventures” in teaching at this roundtable and know that you will be in a community that has made mistakes too!

Facilitated by: Emily O. Gravett, CFI and College of Arts & Letters.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Sharing mistakes and failures openly with colleagues; and
  • Identify lessons learned from these experiences.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this teaching outcome:

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, runiontt@jmu.edu or (540)568-4846.

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