Friday, February 29, 2008

Share your teaching anxieties--help plan the next More Thoughtful Teaching Symposium

I need your help in planning the next More Thoughtful Teaching Symposium, "Fear and Anxiety (Yours and Theirs) in Teaching and Learning."

Please leave your comments about fear and anxiety in teaching and learning, as well as your suggestions for related topics to discuss at the May 22 More Thoughtful Teaching Symposium, below. Feel free to comment anonymously, or to e-mail me privately and ljmadsen -at- ucdavis -dot- edu.

Many thanks,


P.S. Want to learn more? Here are some resources on fear and anxiety in teaching and learning:
  • Tomorrow's Professor offers an excellent excerpt from the book To Improve the Academy. It's from the chapter "Preparing Faculty for Pedagogical Change: Helping Faculty Deal with Fear" by Linda C. Hodges of Princeton University.
  • One of my favorite fearless profs is Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach. His essay "Teaching in the Face of Fear" is a must-read.
  • I recently presented with colleagues from four other institutions at the EDUCASE Learning Initiative conference. Here's a link to some resources from that presentation: Fear 2.0 presentation.