Guilt-Free Book Club

Each semester, the CTL chooses a book for our Guilt-Free Book Club. The Book Club is Guilt-Free in that participants encouraged to attend, even if they haven’t done the reading or have missed prior meetings.

The book club meets every other week, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12-1 and lunch is provided.

Please follow the link here: to sign up for this semester’s book club.

Fall 2018: The Spark of Learning

The Spark of Learning Book Cover

We have selected “The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion” by Sarah Rose Cavanagh for the next semester of our Guilt-Free Book Club. This book argues that to capture student attention, bolster retention, and boost motivation, we need to consider the emotional impact of how we teach. She brings evidence from education, psychology, and neuroscience, as well as many practical examples of classroom activities from many disciplines.

There will be seven book club meetings, which will take place every two weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each week, you can join on either day, according to your schedule. You don’t have to attend only on Tuesdays or only on Wednesdays.

Lunch will be served and an email will be sent every two weeks to confirm your attendance and solicit your lunch preference.

Meeting dates: Sept 18/19, Oct 2/3, Oct 16/17, Oct 30/31, Nov 13/14, Nov 27/28, and Dec 11/12.

Book Club Meetings will usually take place in the Honnold Conference Room in the Library, and we’ll send out reminders with the location.

Please follow the link here: to sign up for this semester’s book club.

The CTL has some hard-copies of the book that you can request through the RSVP link above. Electronic copies of the book are available through the Claremont Colleges Library:

Spring 2018: Pedagogy of Freedom

Pedagogy of Freedom cover

Pedagogy of Freedom cover

We read “Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage” by Paulo Freire. Freire, most famous for Pedagogy of the Oppressed, here offers a meditation on the ethical obligations of educators. He emphasizes recognizing student autonomy, critically reflecting on our practice, and believing in the power of education to truly liberate both students and ourselves.

Pedagogy of freedom is available online through the Claremont Colleges Library:

Fall 2017: Small Teaching

Small Teaching by James Lang book cover

Small Teaching by James Lang book cover

We read “Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang.

Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. In Small TeachingJames Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques. Each chapter introduces a basic concept in cognitive theory, explains when and how it should be employed, and provides concrete examples of how the intervention has been or could be used in a variety of disciplines.

Small Teaching is available online through the Claremont Colleges Library:

Spring 2017: Teaching to Transgress

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Teaching to Transgress Book Cover

We read “Teaching to Transgress” by bell hooks.

In Teaching to Transgressbell hooks re-envisions teaching as an emancipatory act in which we enable students to transgress against racial, sexual, and class boundaries.  Though she wrote this book in 1994, hooks speaks to critical needs and questions in education today:  How do we deal with racism, sexism, and other -isms in the classroom?  What should teaching look like in a pluralistic society?

Teaching to Transgress is available online through the Claremont Colleges Library: