Image result for the spark of learningExplore the role of emotions with the CTL’s Fall Reading Circle! We will be reading The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion by Sarah Rose Cavanagh; the description is below. The Reading Circle will meet on campus three times (once a week for three weeks). In order to find a time that works for as many people as possible, please indicate your availability in this poll, by no later than Friday, Sept 1 (note there are a lot of options so make sure you expand the full table and the dates listed are only the first week but we will meet the same date/time for the following weeks as well). Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and the opportunity to connect with other teaching-minded colleagues in a casual environment.

To sign up, review the description, email the CTL Director, Jennifer Imazeki, to let us know you’re interested, and then go here to indicate your availability. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot!

“Historically we have constructed our classrooms with the assumption that learning is a dry, staid affair best conducted in quiet tones and ruled by an unemotional consideration of the facts. The field of education, however, is beginning to awaken to the potential power of emotions to fuel learning, informed by contributions from psychology and neuroscience. In friendly, readable prose, Sarah Rose Cavanagh argues that if you as an educator want to capture your students’ attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, and enhance their motivation, you should consider the emotional impact of your teaching style and course design. To make this argument, she brings to bear a wide range of evidence from the study of education, psychology, and neuroscience, and she provides practical examples of successful classroom activities from a variety of disciplines in secondary and higher education.”