Jesuit/Ignatian, Tips on Teaching

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… Continue reading Mindful Minutes: Towards a Contemplative Pedagogy

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

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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… Continue reading What Should We Know about Stereotype Threat?