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Book Groups


Book groups are gatherings that usually last one-semester.  They are charged with the goal of fostering campus dialogue through viewing and discussing informative books.

These groups are faculty run and are usually held in CETL.  For those who do attend any of these book groups, CETL provides the book.  What a deal!

If you are interested in facilitating a book group that corresponds with the book group goal feel free to contact CETL for more information.  Let us know if you have any questions.

 Summer 2015 Book Group

What the Best College Teachers Do Book Group

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

The short answer is--it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and out--but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn.

In stories both humorous and touching, Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students' discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential.What the Best College Teachers Dois a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators.

Please contact CETL if you have any questions.