The idea of a "Pedagogy Circle" was developed by a department at Bryn Mawr and two Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) student partners through the Summer Pedagogical Partnership Program in 2020 and extended into the Fall-2020 semester through the LACOL-supported, weekly student-led sessions focused on trauma-informed, anti-racist pedagogies. This forum is intended to support cross-constituency dialogue around developing inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist approaches to teaching and learning across campus contexts (within and beyond classrooms).
During the Spring-2021 semester, Pedagogy Circles will again be facilitated by pairs of TLI student consultants. Each session will be an hour long. There are numerous time slots available, and you are welcome to sign up in advance for multiple sessions or sign up a session at a time as your schedule and space allows. All sessions will be run as semi-structured conversations that strive to integrate the questions and insights all participants bring to the sessions. Contact Alison Cook-Sather for more information.
The Pedagogy Circles replace the Open Pedagogy Conversations, which were started in the fall of 2014 at the request of a faculty member. As the name suggests, these were open discussions of any pedagogical issues that faculty and staff members wished to explore together. We discussed faculty-proposed topics such as: question-framing and discussion facilitation; developing effective assignments; organizing effective presentations that are useful not only for the presenter but for the entire class; communicating about and using office hours; and more.