The CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning is being hosted at Fresno State for the first time, and I am honored to be presenting during two sessions
Having volunteered as a research assistant for Mary Paul’s dissertation, Using Technology as a Catalyst for Formative Assessment in First-Year Freshman Writing Courses, I will share my experiences and insights on using certain technologies in the classroom in order to foster discussion and meaning-making among my students
Time and Location
“‘Fixing’ Fixed Mindsets with Mindfulness”
Students, particularly first-generation, often come to a college context with and reservations as to their worthiness of being there. As educators, we need to continue to find ways to ease that anxiety because anxiety inhibits learning (Hanson & Mendius, 2009). There are a variety of key premises which this collaborative session builds upon–not least among them is that our minds are indeed malleable, and leveraging that malleability through contexts that foster mindfulness and a growth mindset is desirable because they have positive effects on meaning-making (Schroder, et al, 2017). Although I come from English, my view is that these contexts can be created in classrooms across the disciplines. Hands-on pedagogical and curricular examples from my classes in composition and rhetoric will provide the groundwork for a collaborative discussion on how these growth mindset contexts might manifest in other classrooms across the disciplines as well.
- Participants will try, discuss, and evaluate two example mindfulness and growth mindset classroom activities
- Participants will reflect on their own pedagogical practices in relation to the conference themes of diversity, growth mindsets, and mindfulness.
- Participants will imagine how mindfulness practices and growth mindsets might manifest in classrooms in their disciplines.
Time and Location
This session begins at 10:30am and is located in Family Food and Science, room 317.