Teaching Squared: A Faculty Reading Circle

Teaching² - Faculty Reading Circle

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Winter 2023 Teaching²

Teaching² is a Faculty Reading Circle to promote conversations on campus about teaching. This term, we will discuss the pedagogy of flipped learning as we read and discuss Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty by Robert Talbert.  This quarter’s Teaching² provides faculty with a forum to talk about ways they can implement active learning using a flipped classroom format at UC Davis in the new Teaching and Learning Complex.

Meetings for Winter 2023 will be held Wednesdays 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM on January 25, February 8 and February 22 in TLC 1213.  Participants may request a free copy of the featured book for their personal libraries.

Teaching² is facilitated in a conversational format designed for maximal faculty-to-faculty discussion and interaction. To allow us to engage in a lively and productive small-group discussion, registration for each session is limited to 12 participants. Participants may request a complimentary physical copy of the book from the Learning, Teaching, and Assessment unit for their personal libraries.  

Register for Teaching2: Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty

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If you would like more information about Teaching², please email us at cee@ucdavis.edu.


Winter 2023 Book Selection

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“Robert Talbert provides the ultimate guide to flipping the classroom — moving the information transfer out of the classroom and the thinking back in! Whether you are just considering revising your approach to teaching or already a seasoned ‘flipper’, this book is a must-have reference." -- Eric Mazur - Harvard University


On the Bookshelf - browse texts from past quarters:

Spring 2022 & Fall 2022

A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, Kem Saichaie, and Christina I. Petersen

“This book delivers exactly what is promised by the title.  It is not only full of practical advice but also includes pointers to the research those teaching methods are based upon. One book collects everything you need to get started teaching in one of these state-of-the-art spaces and presents it in a clear, organized fashion. Highly recommended!

- Robert J. Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University


Fall 2021

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What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching by Tracie Marcella Addy, Derek Dube, Khadijah Mitchell, and Mallory SoRelle

“The concrete advice and reflective questions have helped us – and, we are confident, will help you – to be more inclusive and intentional in teaching.”

- Buffie Longmire-Avital and Peter Felten


Spring 2021


Grading for Equity: What it is, why it matters and how it can transform schools and classrooms by Joe Feldman.  The e-book is available for free online from the UC Davis library

Joe Feldman shows us how we can use grading to help students become the leaders of their own learning and lift the veil on how to succeed….This must-have book will help teachers learn to implement improved, equity-focused grading for impact.”

-- Zaretta Hammon, Author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain


Winter 2021

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Teaching Online: A Practical Guide by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen. The e-book is available for free online from the UC Davis Library.

“Teaching Online: A Practical Guide is an accessible, introductory, and comprehensive guide for anyone who teaches online.  [It] has been fully revised, maintains its reader-friendly tone, and offers exceptional practical advice, new teaching examples, faculty interviews, and an updated resource section. Focusing on the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of implementation rather than theory, the fourth edition of Teaching Online is a must-have resource for anyone teaching online or thinking about teaching online.”  

-- George Otte, University Director of Academic Technology, The City University of New York and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the CUNY School of Professional Studies..


Summer 2020

 Summer 2020 Book Selection

Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-based strategies that work by Rosemary M. Lehman and Simone C.O. Conceição (2013)

“Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivating and Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical research from the authors' study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing on the most important issues instructors face, such as course design; student engagement and motivation; and institutional, instructional, and informal student support strategies, the book provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning.

While helping to improve the overall retention rates for educational institutions, the strategies outlined in the book also allow for student diversity and individual learner differences. Lehman and Conceição's proven model gives instructors an effective approach to help students persist in online courses and succeed as learners.”   From Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-based strategies that work.


Winter 2020

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Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice by Maryellen Weimer (2013)

“This book is for faculty.  However, it’s not a book exclusively for learner-centered teaching converts. It’s also a book for faculty who think learner-centered ideas might be of interest, but they have questions and concerns.  Are these ways of teaching that retain high standards and intellectual rigor? ….Does this way of teaching diminish the role and importance of teachers? This book offers answers to these questions.”  From Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice 

Fall 2019 

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Teach students how to learn: Strategies you can incorporate into any course to improve student metacognition, study skills, and motivation by Sandra Yancy McGuire (2015)

“In a masterly and spirited exposition spangled with wit and exhortation and rife with pragmatic strategies, Saundra McGuire teaches teachers how to awaken in their students the powers dormant within them.”  -- Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry