Thank you for agreeing to share your pedagogical ideas, strategies, and challenges at the Provisions series. We’re excited about this year’s line up and look forward to our monthly discussions about the art, practice, and research of teaching.

What Makes a Great Provisions Presentation?

First and foremost, Provisions is about innovative teaching—what we do, with our own students, to create the conditions for learning.We ask that you focus ona SINGLE lesson/assignment/strategy for your ten minute presentation, and incorporate the following points:

  • What? Briefly, the nuts and bolts of the assignment/activity/approach that you’re describing.  What, exactly, does the assignment/activity/approach entail?
  • Why? What inspired you to try this approach?  What were you trying to remedy, address, or make happen in your classroom? What has happened as a result of your pedagogical strategy? What, if anything, has shifted or changed for you? What are the benefits–both expected and unexpected? What has surprised you or challenged you?
  • What’s next? What would you do differently when you try this again?  What new concerns/questions does it create?
  • Document your work.  We’d love for you to provide a one-page handout for attendees that describes the assignment/activity/approach, as well as any resources (texts, websites, etc.) that inform your approach.  (With your permission, we’ll upload your handout and/or resources to the blog for those who are unable to attend the sessions.)
  • Imagine your audience.  Provisions attendees are faculty and staff from every department and office on campus.  They probably can’t teach your history assignment in their computer science class, but they can modify it to address the same learning goals that you describe. Rather than go into too many details about your specific discipline or course, consider the broader pedagogical strokes that would be most relevant to a wider audience.
  • Leave time for the other presenters, discussion, and questions.  Consistently, people cite the engaged discussion as their favorite part of Provisions.  Please be attentive to the length of your presentation.

How We Can Help

We’re happy to brainstorm ideas, discuss topics, and answer questions as you put your presentation together.  In addition, we make sure that there will be a technology cart available in Standish, should you need it.  Finally, our intrepid graduate assistant will contact you in the week before your presentation to see if she can assist you with copying.  If you would like something else (such as a whiteboard or overhead projector), please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you! The sessions will begin at 12:00 and end promptly at 1:15.  If you can, please arrive a few minutes early. Thank you again for your energy, expertise, and willingness to promote innovative teaching and learning on our campus.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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  1. Dear Participants in the Critical Thinking Discussion,
    I was e-mailed the data below by an organization to which I belong, the Metanexus Institute, which explores issues at the intersection of Religion and Science. I hope you find this data as disturbing as Metanexus and I do.
    A recent national survey of over 900 public high school biology teachers suggests that evolution is largely not taught in schools today. Only 28 percent of biology teachers consistently teach evolution. At the other extreme,13 percent advocate Creationism or some version of Intelligent Design. The remainder try to avoid the controversy altogether, for instance explaining to the students that they are required to teach evolution by state standards but that students do not need to “believe” in it. (See New York Times) All the more need for Critical thinking, here.

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