Spring 2018 Book Circles

Spring 2018 Book Circles

The CTL book circles were a semester-long series of casual meetings with discussion focused on a particular book that created space for dialogue around teaching and learning topics that bring positive change to our practice.  These circles included faculty and staff who met for four 1 or 1.5-hour meetings.

Make it Stick 
Make it Stick. The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

Facilitators: Su Karl and Arianna Thobaben
Co-sponsored by the Learning Center

To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we  believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.
Fridays 12-1:30pm (February 2, 16, March 2, 9)

Writing Beyond Race Writing Beyond Race: Living Theory and Practice
by bell hooks
Facilitator: Renee Byrd
Sponsored by the California Faculty Association (CFA)

What are the conditions needed for our nation to bridge cultural and racial divides? By "writing beyond race," noted cultural critic bell hooks models the constructive ways scholars, activists, and readers can challenge and change systems of domination.
Tuesdays 12-1pm (February 13, 20, 27, March 6) - lunch provided by the CFA


Grit Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth
Facilitator: Gilly Black

In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of  passion and persistence she calls “grit.”
Wednesdays 12-1pm (February 14, 21, 28, March 7)



Inquiry into the College Classroom Inquiry Into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching
by Paul Savory, Amy Nelson Burnett, Amy Goodburn
Facilitator: Pam Bowers

An essential companion for university faculty interested in conducting scholarly inquiry into their classroom teaching, this practical guide presents a formal model for making visible the careful, difficult, and intentional scholarly work entailed in exploring a teaching question.
Fridays 9-10am (February 2, 9, 16, 23)