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The Role of Metacognition in Learning


Interested in the process of thinking about thinking, and how that can help your students learn? Check out this summary from a recent book (Four-Dimensional Education) that includes a breakdown of the three levels of the metacognitive process as reported by the authors, which all hinge on different kinds of verbalization.


Faculty Colloquium Tuesday, Oct. 30: Dr. Teri Stein & Dr. Josh Jones


For our second faculty colloquium of the year, Dr. Teri Stein and Dr. Josh Jones will review recent accomplishments in longtime research.

From a ten-year journey, Dr. Stein will impart insights regarding best practices when teaching, communicating with and listening to students from China and South Korea who have chosen to attend schools in the United States. In particular, she will address classroom management, mentoring strategies, family expectations, servant leadership, and becoming a “listening teacher.”

Dr. Jones will present “The Grungier Side of Scholarship,” describing his work as a contributing author for a series of music textbooks published by Clifton Hills Press. With the support of a scholarship from the Surbeck Summer Research Program, in summer 2018, he completed his first project of writing a chapter for POP MUSIC, USA on 90s grunge music.

In preparation for the colloquium, Dr. Stein asks that you watch the one-minute video below, which captures ideas and concepts that will be addressed during the presentation. Dr. Jones reminds you that, for his portion of the colloquium, flannels and cynicism are optional.

The program begins at 11:00 AM in HAWAC 221 and refreshments will be served.

Experts in the Art of Referral: a.k.a. Faculty Advisers


Next Arrows Note Direction Opposed To RightAs most colleges have reached midterms, it may be helpful (and necessary) for professors to dust off their adviser hat and remember how important it is to reach out to students who are struggling–academically, or otherwise. This good article in the Chronicle reminds us of the broad, and broadening, role of faculty advisers, as “experts in the art of referral, … [who] know where on their campus a student should go and whom they should see for health, housing, career, financial-aid, work-study, campus security, and other problems.”


Researchers at Bucknell have considered a way to alleviate the disparity in grading norms evident in the traditional GPA and suggests a way to more accurately portray student success in coursework, regardless of the ostensible ease or difficulty of a class (or grading approach of its professor). Read more about the GPAM (“GPA of Medians”) in this article from the Washington Post.

productivity, grit, scarcity & abundance

This article from an October issue of ChronicleVitae poses some interesting insights about grit and scarcity mindsets: food for thought if you’re entering the summer with plans for productivity or reflecting on your accomplishments of the past year–or perhaps as you consider another strategy to encourage your next batch of students to make use of the WHOLE term to do their semester-long project?

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