Do you have a new teaching idea you'd like to explore? Or would you like to experiment with a teaching innovation in your classroom while having the support of a group of faculty members? If so, CTL's new Reflective Teaching Badge program may be for you!
Events of the past year have ignited major changes in the teaching and learning that has traditionally occurred in our courses. In response, faculty have participated in multiple professional development opportunities. The array of new teaching approaches available, however, can quickly become overwhelming. Often we find ourselves falling back on familiar patterns even when we really want to try out new ideas.
That’s where the Reflective Teaching Badge program comes in. Once a month, you will come together virtually with colleagues to reflect deeply on your particular teaching context, identify the challenges you are interested in addressing, and reflect on how you might apply new teaching approaches towards those challenges. As a community, we will be a space for listening, asking thought-provoking questions, and offering mutual encouragement and affirmation. By participating in this program, you will find the support to move from thinking about making a change to actually doing it.
In addition, participating in the program will get you started on documenting the ways you are making your teaching more effective. As Georgia Tech expands its emphasis on teaching effectiveness, having this documentation will be useful!
We've put together these ideas for what to do with your Reflective Teaching Badge after you've earned it!
How do I participate in the Reflective Teaching Badge Program?
- Engage in virtual small group discussions with Georgia Tech colleagues focused around teaching
- Reflect on questions posed by a facilitator from CTL about your teaching challenges, ideas for addressing the teaching challenge, and impact of the teaching change on your students.
- Submit a brief written reflection summarizing the key insights you took away about your teaching, including plans for implementing new teaching ideas and observations/expectations about the impact of the changes on your students.
- Earn a token for each session you participate in following the receipt of your written reflection.
- Earn the Reflective Teaching Badge for 2020-21 after completing three tokens.
Why engage in reflection about teaching?
The inspiration for the Reflective Teacher badge comes from the combined wisdom of two important teaching and learning books. In Small Teaching, James Lang advocates for making small changes that have a positive impact on our teaching. For the “reflective” part of the Reflective Teacher badge, we drew inspiration from Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher by Stephen Brookfield. Brookfield argues that attention to the impact that changes we make to our teaching practice have on student learning is critical to supporting our growth as educators. We have structured the requirements of the badge to support your reflective practice.
The intent of the program is to foster a community of instructors who will support each other in trying out innovative teaching ideas and documenting their effectiveness. We hope that you will join us!