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Teaching Excellence Program

TEP Pedagogy Lunches

TEP encourages innovation in the classroom by offering CAS faculty regular opportunities to receive support from and exchange ideas with their colleagues. All faculty and staff are invited to TEP’s brown-bag Pedagogy Lunches, which will be held every other week during the academic year. The TEP Director will provide in advance a brief reading and a series of thought-provoking questions to discuss at the lunch.

Do you have feedback or suggestions for future Pedagogy Lunch topics? 

All TEP Pedagogy Lunches last about an hour and meet in the conference room in JR Howard Hall 302 (unless stated otherwise). Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.

Upcoming Pedagogy Lunches

October 16th, 2017

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm: TEP Pedagogy Lunch
    Discussion topics and materials will be posted here the week before each lunch.

October 31st, 2017

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: TEP Pedagogy Lunch
    Discussion topics and materials will be posted here the week before each lunch.

November 13th, 2017

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm: TEP Pedagogy Lunch
    Discussion topics and materials will be posted here the week before each lunch.

November 28th, 2017

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: TEP Pedagogy Lunch
    Discussion topics and materials will be posted here the week before each lunch.


Archive of Pedagogy Lunch Topics

October 3rd, 2017

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Students Who Don’t Participate in Class Discussions
    As we move into the second month of the semester, you’ve likely had a chance to get to know your students’ habits better. Who’s the person with lots of questions? Which students dive head first into every discussion? And who are the ones that only participate if you pull questions or answers from them?

September 18th, 2017

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm: Building Rapport
    Entering the classroom at the start of the semester elicits a mix of excitement and worry. For many of us, it isn’t just (or even predominantly) the content that leads to these emotions – it’s the anticipation of the relationships that will develop between us and the students in our classes. For this reason, building rapport is often a primary focus of the first few weeks of the semester.

April 18th, 2017

April 5th, 2017

March 16th, 2017

  • Image preview 1:00pm - 1:50pm: Promoting Active Learning
    The Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) is pleased to welcome our Spring 2017 Distinguished Speaker to campus. Dr. Alison Cook-Sather is the Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education at Bryn Mawr College and the Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.  Dr. Cook-Sather will be joining us at TEP’s brown bag Pedagogy Lunch on Active Learning.

March 1st, 2017

  • Image preview 12:40pm - 1:40pm: Improving Student Success through Transparent Teaching
    Most of us do our best to offer opportunities for all students to succeed in our classrooms. And most of us do our best to design assignments that will help all students apply and expand their understanding of what we teach them. But what if we unintentionally are making our assignments more accessible to some students than to others? What can be done to create an environment where all students start off with similar opportunities for success? This hands-on workshop will be facilitated by TEP’s guest speaker, Janet Steverson (Dean for Diversity and Inclusion).

February 14th, 2017

  • 1:00pm - 1:50pm: Student Mental Health and the Classroom
    It’s that time in the semester when we feel we “know” something about the students in our classes. We know who arrives to class late, who turns in unfinished work, and who misses class altogether. It’s that time in the semester when we find ourselves filling out notifications of academic concern (formerly known as Advising Alerts). But what’s driving these student behaviors? Often the answer is mental health.

February 1st, 2017

December 7th, 2016

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm: Managing Transitions
    Since the last TEP Pedagogy Lunch of this semester falls on the final day of classes, we will focus our conversation on managing transitions.

November 15th, 2016

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Hot Moments in the Classroom
    This is a difficult time for so many in our community. You are not alone if you’re having to dig deep in order to bring strength and stability to your teaching. And undoubtedly, we will be facing many difficult conversations in our classrooms in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

November 2nd, 2016

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm: Inclusive and Equitable College Classrooms
    Earlier this week, Dr. Sam Museus talked with members of our community about how to create equitable and inclusive college classrooms. We will continue exploring inclusive pedagogy.

October 18th, 2016

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: Mid-Semester Course Evaluations

    Asking for mid-semester feedback doesn’t have to be onerous, and the benefits are likely to far outweigh the costs. You can choose one method that works best for you, or you can choose different methods for different classes.

October 5th, 2016

  • 12:40pm - 1:40pm: Class Participation

    Ideally, every student has a chance to participate (out loud or otherwise) every class day. Realistically, this rarely occurs. Sometimes it is incredibly challenging to engage particular students. Other times it is hard to get certain students to stop talking! 

September 20th, 2016

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm: The Minutes Before and After Class
    We will discuss how you’ve been using the minutes before class as well ​as strategies for managing the last few minutes of class.