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Teacher as Coach: Strategies for Deep Learning Outside the Classroom


Susan RobisonHow do you structure out-of-class learning opportunities for your students when you advise and mentor them or direct their research? This practical, interactive workshop based on coaching skills drawn from executive, personal, and academic coaching will introduce skills that provide such a structure and produce the kind of deep learning our students long for. Skills covered will be setting an agenda, assessing student motivation, designing a learning plan, preventing obstacles, and planning accountability.

After participating in the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Listen deeply to students’ agenda for learning.
  2. Assess student motivation for learning
  3. Design a learning program that matches interventions to the student’s stage of change.
  4. Apply strategies drawn from research on goal-setting, brain pacing, work-rest rhythms, multi-tasking, accountability, and preventing obstacles to help students set realistic learning goals.
  5. Implement accountability practices for students to pace their learning and use campus resources such as faculty, peers, and writing centers to help them achieve results.

Susan Robison, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, and faculty development consultant. Susan’s Professor Destressor workshops and coaching help faculty improve their time and stress management, leadership, work-life balance, productivity and communication skills. Her book, The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness, has been selected for faculty book clubs all over North America.

In addition to authoring The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness, published by Jossey-Bass in October, 2013, Susan is also the author of two leadership books (Discovering Our Gifts and Sharing Our Gifts), and a co-author with Barbara Walvoord et al. of a faculty development book, Thinking and Writing in College.

She is a frequent workshop presenter at higher education conferences and colleges and universities including several visits to UVa. Her workshops have been described as “mind blowing,” “transformational,” and “life-chaging.”

A former academic department chair and professor of psychology at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Susan has provided leadership consultation work with non-profits and maintained a clinical practice at the Center for Extraordinary Marriages where she is co-director with her husband of over 40 years.

Her awards include an early career NSF award and several business awards including the 2004 Mandy Goetze award from the Executive Women’s Network for service and leadership to business women in the Baltimore area and, in 2008, one of the Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas.

Workshop Time: March 23, 2017 from 2-4:30PM
Location: McKim Hall (School of Medicine) Room 1023

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