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3M Teaching Fellow to lead workshop on revitalizing teaching methods

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Jan 6/09

“Teaching without zest is a crime.”

Virginia Woolf said it, and Dr. Mercedes Rowinsky-Geurts, professor of languages and literatures at Laurier, makes sure the sentiment lives on by bringing it with her as inspiration to class each day.

On January 22, Rowinsky-Geurts, who was recognized with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship last year, will share her zest with others by leading the teaching workshop, Reflecting on Teaching: the 3M Experience.

“The expectations and wonders of teaching are many,” says Rowinsky-Geurts. “I must say that each day I stand in awe of the discoveries that take place in each session. Students want to be challenged and they marvel before new ideas. I have to be ready for the unexpected.”

During the dynamic workshop, professors will learn techniques to help them reflect upon and revitalize their teaching methods. 

Participants will explore metaphors about students and teachers prepared by Laurier students and will touch on topics such as: how to find time to reflect on teaching, why the excitement of teaching can fade away, how to create spaces where teaching is met with as much enthusiasm as other academic accomplishments, and how students view professors.

“We’ll examine the wonders of teaching and discuss some of the topics shared at the Montebello retreat of 3M Fellows,” says Rowinsky-Geurts.

In addition to her 3M Fellowship, Rowinsky-Geurts received a Laurier Outstanding Teaching Award (2000) and Faculty Mentoring Award (2005) and was recently elected as a board member of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). 

The workshop is presented by Educational Development and takes place Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in BA102. It is open to full-time and part-time professors and graduate students. Register at www.wlu.ca/edev.


Lori Chalmers Morrison
Public Affairs


 

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