The Center for Teaching Excellence faculty and staff mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many others, and support the protests against police brutality and racism that have occurred in Charlottesville and nationwide.
Ending a Stressful Spring Semester with a Thank You Note
The CTE collected hundreds of thank you notes through our newly launched Thank-a-Prof/TA initiative. The CTE invited students to submit messages to their professors and teaching assistants following the spring semester.
While our upcoming events and programs may look different, we are committed to providing you with the same thoughtful, engaging, supportive, and research-based experiences you’ve come to expect from the CTE. The rich array of options we have imagined are meant to be helpful regardless of the decision about the fall semester, and flexible in terms of the timing and time commitment.
Students Don't Need You to be a Perfect Teacher Right Now. They Need You to be Human
Five years from now if my college students take nothing from this school year than the knowledge of how to care and be cared for in a time of national trauma, then I will consider my teaching to have been a success. The same could be said for all of us.
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.