Transparent Assignments

by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center What if I told you it was possible to “increase academic confidence, a sense of belonging, and mastery of skills that employers look for when hiring,” in your students, simply by implementing a couple of small changes in the way you present assignments? That was the challenge […]

Mindful Minutes: Towards a Contemplative Pedagogy

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I recently attended a workshop* on contemplative pedagogy at the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Facilitated by Dr. Michael Sweet from Northeastern University, participants were invited to practice, discuss, and develop mindfulness activities for any teaching situation. Contemplative pedagogy emphasizes […]

Reflecting on Diversity Discussions in the Classroom: A Praxis Workshop Follow Up

by Mitch Lorenz and Yang Li, Graduate Assistants, Reinert Center In our final Praxis Workshop of the semester, attendees explored the challenges of broaching the topic of diversity with students in class discussions. Participants reflected on how diversity discussions fit in their classrooms and what challenges they face when planning diversity discussions or when they […]

New resource guide on Avoiding Microaggressions in the Classroom

A new resource guide on Avoiding Microaggressions in the Classroom[LINK] has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about microaggressions in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form [LINK]. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see posted, share them here [LINK].

Academic Rigor and the Inclusive Classroom

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center For some time now, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of academic rigor – what it is, where it comes from in our courses, what kinds of practices promote it. And in light of the Reinert Center’s theme this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own evolving […]

What Should We Know about Stereotype Threat?

Recently, the Reinert Center hosted two book group discussions on Claude Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. A readable distillation of Steele’s social psychological research on stereotypes and identity (as well as subsequent research inspired by his work), the book can help us to understand educational performance gaps between […]