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Teaching Excellence Program

Teaching Styles & How they Influence Views and Experiences of Teaching Development

Date: 12:45pm - 1:30pm PST March 6 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 302

J.R. Howard Hall 302

In her most recent TEP blog post, Molly Robinson Kelly describes a framework through which we can better understand how we see our own role as teacher. “Imparter” teachers see their primary role as that of imparting the methods and content of their discipline to their students. “Relater” teachers consider that their primary role is to create a teaching environment that is conducive to good learning, through the strength of their relationships with students. Of course, most teachers are situated somewhere along a spectrum between the two poles of “imparter” and “relater.” Knowing where you yourself are located along this spectrum can provide you with valuable information not just about yourself as a teacher, but also about how you may view opportunities for teaching development and growth.
Because Molly’s blog touches on the central issue of content teaching, we refer you also to James Lang’s article Small Changes in Teaching: Making Connections. This article offers some interesting ideas for how to connect course content with everyday life.


Here are some questions to consider:
  • What do you consider the main facets of your teaching style? 
  • How do you help students connect course content to everyday life?
  • Along the spectrum of “imparter” to “relater”, where do you feel you’re situated? How important does content coverage feel to you when you teach? How about disciplinary norms? 
  • Do people with certain teaching styles gravitate toward programs like TEP, while others gravitate away? 
  • Do you feel your teaching style is represented at TEP workshops and events? If not, what topics would draw you in?

All TEP Pedagogy Lunches last about an hour and meet in the conference room in JR Howard Hall 302 (unless stated otherwise). You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.  Although an RSVP is not required, a rough headcount would be helpful. If you plan to attend the TEP lunch, please RSVP below or email