Now Hiring: Undergraduate Student Teaching Consultants
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Q&A: Get to Know CTE Assistant Director Andrew (Andy) Kaufman
"One of the things that I've always enjoyed doing as a teacher … was figuring out how to make literature exciting to everyone—not just students and fellow academics—but how to take the beauty and the power of literature and share it with many others outside of the academy." In this Q&A, the CTE's Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives Andrew Kaufman shares how he got involved in this work and the impact he hopes to have in his new position.
Research Minute: Making the Case for Making Mistakes
From a young age, we are taught the difference between right and wrong. This dichotomy is deeply ingrained in our institutions, including our education system. For students and instructors alike, a significant amount of emphasis is placed on and effort devoted to avoiding making mistakes in the classroom. However, research shows that being wrong can sometimes be worthwhile.
Welcome back! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful winter break and are excited for the new semester. Our first issue of 2020 includes resources to help you get off to a great start, upcoming events, and team news--we'll introduce you to our newest team member.
As you enjoy the last days of the semester and a well-deserved winter break, the CTE team looks forward to connecting with you in 2020! The last issue of 2019 includes resources help you reflect on the past few months and look ahead, upcoming events, and team news.
Another semester is nearly in the books. While students are busy with final assignments and exams, instructors are tying up administrative loose ends and enjoying a brief lull before grading picks back up. In due time, you will have the opportunity to reflect on how things went. Though not the only source of information, student evaluations can help you identify what went well and what might be improved.