It’s that reckoning moment at the end of the semester: how did the students perform? What went well, and what was frustrating or disappointing? Maryellen Weimer posted an interesting reflection this week in her Teaching Professor blog about facing the reasons WHY:
Finding out why some aspect of instruction isn’t working is easier when others are involved. You may want to solicit feedback from students. You may benefit from input provided by colleagues—those who can offer wise pedagogical counsel. Finally, this task must be approached with a firm belief that the vast majority of things that aren’t working in our courses can be fixed. The “vast majority” doesn’t mean all and “fixed” means made better (generally significantly better), but not perfect.
We’ll be taking some time to reflect with colleagues at the Faculty Development Retreat on Friday, May 10. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot if you haven’t already done so!