Luminaris is derived from the Latin lumino, meaning, “to illuminate, reveal, or brighten.” To me, this is the essence of teaching. Like a light, our role as teachers is to reveal the important understandings in our disciplines and guide students in exploring for greater depth. For students encountering these ideas for the first time, they need a luminary to help light the way. You are their luminary.
As an associate professor in education, I’ve had considerable training and experience in the methods and practices of teaching. Despite nearly twenty years as an educator, however, I still find it challenging to make my coursework and content relevant for my students, design engaging experiences that are also substantive, and even find different ways to approach assessment. It also seems that what works one semester or with one group doesn’t necessarily work as well with another group. I think this constant journey to attempt, reflect, modify, and attempt again is what elevates teaching as an art and a science.
Working within a School of Education, I have the opportunity to engage with colleagues that are committed to modeling effective teaching practices for our students – undergraduate to doctoral level – pursuing various degrees in education. And yet, I find that there is little time or space to discuss these issues, given the demanding lives we all lead. It can also be difficult to be honest and vulnerable with your colleagues – a critical element of growth.
I’ve designed this site to be a space to share interesting teaching strategies and stories as a means of sparking conversation. Initially, I plan to share useful resources and ideas, primarily through relatively brief blog posts with additional links to resources for further exploration. I encourage you to post comments, questions, and your own ideas and experiences. In this way, we can build a vibrant community of practice together.
As the site grows, I envision broadening the content available on the site to include:
· guest posts from readers and experts
· resources to use in your own teaching to expand your practice
· audio interviews on the site, along with a companion podcast
· video cases demonstrating different pedagogical strategies in classroom practice
In short, there will be numerous opportunities to both learn from faculty in various disciplines from around the world and to contribute your own ideas, experiences and approaches. This site will grow and thrive, in part, based on your contributions. To this end...
What would you like to see and engage with on this site?
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