Teachers Observing Teachers Experience (TOTEs)

UCITE invites you to participate in our inaugural Teachers Observing Teachers Experience (TOTEs)! Volunteer CWRU faculty colleagues will open their classrooms to their peers in the spirit of sharing their passion for teaching and commitment to student learning. UCITE has identified faculty volunteers—updated Friday, September 30th—who have agreed to open their classrooms for one day during the week of October 3-7, 2022.

Have you ever wondered how your colleagues engage students, design effective group learning activities, or address challenging subjects? Have you ever considered trying a new teaching method, but changed your mind because you were uncertain about how it might be received by students? Have you been wanting to make a change in your teaching, but are not certain where to begin? You are not alone.

The UCITE TOTEs program will provide faculty with opportunities to engage with one another, in active classroom learning environments, as members of a pedagogical community. This could happen in multiple ways. For instance, you may choose to explore what teaching looks like in a new discipline, learn how colleagues are using learning-assistive technology, or just interact with someone that you do not see on a regular basis. The choice is yours.

 

I am ready to participate! How does this work?

 

Step 1

UCITE has identified faculty volunteers who have agreed to open their classrooms for one day during the week of October 3-7, 2022. We gladly invite all CWRU faculty to register to attend one of these open classes using the registration portal, UCITE TOTEs Applicant Form. This form is due on Friday, September 30, 2022.

Step 2

The week or so before TOTEs, UCITE will send email to those who have registered for classes and those who have opened their classrooms, to connect faculty colleagues with one another. Classroom space may be limited, so we will do our best to accommodate requests in the order with which we receive them.

Step 3

During TOTEs, faculty attend the open classes of their peers. Colleagues may arrange to take an active role in discussion, based on conversations during the registration confirmation process, or faculty may choose to quietly observe; the arrangements are entirely up to each host and group of observers.

Step 4

UCITE encourages faculty participants to connect with one another following the week of TOTEs. Share a quick email, ask a follow-up question, or maybe find time for coffee or lunch to talk further about teaching and learning at CWRU.

 

Click below to see what classrooms are open for observation.

Course 1: Introduction to Biochemistry (CHEM 328)
Who is the Instructor? Rekha Srinivasan
What will I experience? A large 130 student class engaged in active learning through POGIL group activity.
What is the open date, time, and location? Monday, October 3, 9.30am-10:20am, DeGrace312

 

Course 2: Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 102)
Who is the Instructor? Jenny Hawkins
What will I experience? We'll be doing supply/demand analysis using graphs. Students will practice on together and we'll discuss their results.
What is the open date, time, and location? Tuesday, October 4, 1:00pm-2:15pm, PBL 201

 

Course 3: Biology's Survival Guide to College (BIOL 112)
Who is the Instructor? Rebecca Benard
What will I experience? A flipped classroom. On this day students will complete a jigsaw activity. Before class, each student in a group becomes an “expert” on a different text. During class students take turns summarizing the main points of the article they read. The students make connections of how the content and concepts in the different texts fit together.
What is the open date, time, and location? Tuesday, October 4, 2:30pm-3:45pm, NORD 356

 

Course 4: Classical Electromagnetism (PHYS 423)
Who is the Instructor? Pavel Fileviez Perez
What will I experience? We will discuss the general solutions to the Maxwell's equations using advanced mathematical tools. Green's functions, Special Functions and other methods.
What is the open date, time, and location? Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 10:35am-11:25am, ROCK 306

 

Course 5: Transport Phenomena for Chemical Systems (ECHE 360)
Who is the Instructor? Don Feke
What will I experience? We will be discussing examples of fluid-flow and how to obtain approximations to analytical results through scaling analyses.
What is the open date, time, and location? Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 11:40am-12:30pm, A W Smith 349

 

Course 6: Programming in Java (CSDS 132)
Who is the Instructor? Harold Connamacher
What will I experience? A variation of the Socratic teaching adapted to a large lecture (nominally 270 students). The anticipated lesson will involve students presenting their solutions to the lecture and then the class analyzing them together using provided metrics.
What is the open date, time, and location? Wednesday, October 5, 2:15pm-3:05pm, Millis Schmitt Lecture Hall

 

Course 7: Children's Picture Books (FSSY 185R)
Who is the Instructor? Cara Byrne
What will I experience? A 19-student seminar-style course discussing children's picture books about war and conflict with a short writing workshop at the end of class.
What is the open date, time, and location? Thursday, October 6, at 8:30AM-9:45AM, Crawford 111

 

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Course 8: Health Policy & Service Delivery (SASS 511)
Who is the Instructor? David B. Miller
What will I experience? Discussion of the policy making process, current health policy topics, and student-led discussions of assigned readings.
What is the open date, time, and location? Thursday, October 6, at 8:30AM-10:30AM, Mandel Building Room 238

If you have questions about UCITE’s new TOTEs program, contact us: ucite@case.edu.