Winter Session Reading Group Invitation

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Winter Session Speaker

Susan D. Blum

ND Learning is excited to announce a book discussion with Susan D. Blum, Professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame and Editor of Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead).

“Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.” 

January 27, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:15 pm on Zoom

Beckie Supiano, Senior Writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, will interview Dr. Blum and a moderated Question and Answer session will follow. Register here.

 

 

 

 

Winter Session Reading Groups

Given the extended winter break we thought some of you would enjoy the opportunity to read and discuss one of the following books that can inform your plans for teaching in Spring 2021 and beyond. Fill out this form to let us know which book you would like to read and if you will participate in a discussion in January. Book summaries are from the publisher’s websites.

Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), Susan D.  Blum, Ed.

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The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading, fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K–12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.

 

 

 

 

Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It, James Lang

Distracted
Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students’ ability to focus. The logical response is to ban electronics in class. But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information.

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel.

Make It Stick

To most of us, learning something “the hard way” implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.