Designing and Teaching a Freshman Seminar: Lessons Learned
Wednesday, May 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Searle Center Library, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, 627 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston.
What unique challenges do we as educators face in developing freshman or introductory seminars that emphasize critical thinking? And what does it mean to teach students to read, think, and write critically? This workshop will draw on various lessons gleaned from my experience in developing and teaching a WCAS freshman seminar, and also highlight how we might transfer these lessons to non-freshman courses. We will address strategies on imparting critical reading/thinking/writing skills and, in so doing, consider assessment and evaluation (and the distinctions between the two). Concrete lesson plans and tools will be provided to help participants incorporate workshop lessons in their own course development and pedagogical approaches.
Workshop Facilitator: A PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Faith Kares is completing her dissertation on NGOs, volunteerism, urban development, and transnational networks. During her tenure as a WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellow (2012-2013), Faith participated in the Teaching Certificate Program, and developed and taught a freshman, writing seminar on NGOs, volunteerism, philanthropy, and power. In addition to serving as a TA for several years at Northwestern, Faith has designed and facilitated Alternative Spring Break (ASB) courses on community and housing development at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2001-2003). She has also worked as the Assistant Director for Amherst College’s Community Outreach Program, where she provided leadership and support to students and faculty regarding community-based research and learning.