Submissions on reflective teaching needed for upcoming conference

Members of the Brock community are invited to join the conversation about reflective teaching when the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) presents its annual Spring Perspectives conference on Tuesday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon in Thistle 325.

The theme of this year’s event is We Make the Road by Walking: Exploring Reflection in Action.

In advance of the conference, interested teaching colleagues are invited to submit proposals about current and proposed work on a variety of reflective teaching topics, such as reflective activities in the classroom, the role of reflection in experiential learning, methods of reflection, and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. This year’s presentation formats include five-minute show-and-tell presentations, 30-minute workshop talks and a 50-minute concurrent poster and digital showcase.

The day will begin with a plenary address by Applied Linguistics Department Chair Thomas Farrell, a linguist who is renowned for more than 35 years of work in reflective practice in language teaching. He has authored, co-authored or edited about 30 books on reflective practice in his field.

In addition to Farrell’s plenary, CPI Director Jill Grose is also excited to celebrate the opening of the Brock University labyrinth, a project aimed to provide a place for reflection that contributes to fostering a contemplative campus.

“The morning offers something for everyone and it will truly showcase how Brock faculty, staff and students, through innovative reflective teaching practices, are deepening learning and discovery,” said Grose. “Reflection is a crucial component of experiential learning and essential to our growth as teachers. Engaging in reflective practices has the potential to offer us new insights and self-awareness that lead to being better teachers.”

Proposals for the conference must be submitted by Monday, April 15, and presenters will be notified of the status of proposals within one week of the closing date.

To learn more about the Spring Perspectives conference, visit the CPI website.

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