The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) invites you to lead or join a pedagogical learning circle this fall. Pedagogical learning circles (PLCs) consist of 5-10 faculty and instructional staff members who are committed to inquiring into, discussing, and practicing new classroom strategies in a supportive community of peers. Typically, they will meet 6 to 8 times during the course of the semester for discussion that is based on shared readings and/or experiences. Each PLC has an explicit and specific goal for advancing student learning.
Examples of topics for PLCs:
1. Flipped Classrooms
2. Advising Senior Theses
3. Team-Based Learning
4. Leading Discussions
5. Engaging Lectures
6. Creating a Strong Sense of Classroom Comradery
7. Project-Based Learning
8. Taking the Classroom into the Community
9. Your First Year Teaching at Amherst
10. Protecting Students against Stereotype Effect
Or, you might prefer a PLC that is specific to a particular discipline.
Members of the CTL, along with partners in the Writing Center, Q-Center, Center for Community Engagement, and Research & Instructional Librarians, stand ready to offer you as much or as little support as you wish. The CTL can provide financial support for sources (books, food, travel, etc.) up to $1000 per group, and a $500 honorarium for any faculty member who leads a group.
If you have an idea for a PLC, please let us know!