Three session series by guest speaker Dr. Tim Murphey (see attached biography)

Event Type: 
Events/Guest Speakers
CE 265 (Sydney Credit Union Room)
Event Date: 
March 17, 2015 - March 18, 2015
Event Time: 
(All day)

Session # 1

Title:Teaching in Pursuit of Wow! (Title of Murphey’s 2012 book)

Date:  Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at

Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Location: CE265 (Sydney Credit Union Room)

Description: As teachers we all have had “Wow” moments, otherwise we probably would not stay in the profession. A “Wow” is an extremely positive moment that we recognize that students are really learning and perhaps also teaching us something. But how do we get more of those moments that nurture us and make us want to be better teachers. I suggest we need to write, talk, and present about them, so they are not lost. I will describe a few such moments/stories in my own career and how they had an impact on me and invite you to think as well of teaching moments that were precious for you.

Session # 2

 Title:“Students Teaching What They Learn” as Positive Task Based Learning

Date:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time: 9:30-10:30 AM

Location: CE 265 (Sydney Credit Union Room)

Description: Teachers usually learn the most in the classroom because they are usually doing the most. Research is showing that when we can get students to teach each other and others out of class, they tend to learn more, be more creative, and enjoy their classes more. The main innovation is for teachers to regularly assign the task to students to teach others the learning material, in and out of the classroom. When students know they are going to use the material out of class to teach others, and that is the homework each day, they listen and learn with more intent-participation (Rogoff, 2003). I support this with the results of 181 students over a five-year period who taught English affirmations songs to people in their social networks in Japan and how they reported teaching rushes and better learning in their published case studies when doing so. 

Session # 3

Title:Songlets as Paths to Well-being and Learning

Date:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time: 11:30 AM -12:30 PM

Location: CE 265 (Sydney Credit Union Room)

Description:Songs are great for learning a foreign language, but sometimes too long and time consuming in classes. I have developed over the years “songlets” which also double as speed dictations, classroom management tools, and reminders to students how they might be more positive and helpful to their classmates and generally have a more positive life. They are fun and light and can also synchronize students into improved group dynamics. Some songlets can actually teach us and reinforce effective life skills. 


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