Sep
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Date: Friday, Sep 28, 2018

Time: 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Add to CalendarCOWICHAN: The Tao of Marking: Finding Joy by “De-Complicating” Grades and Feedback09/28/2018 08:30 AM09/28/2018 10:00 AMMM/DD/YYYYAmerica/VancouverWe care deeply about our students—that’s why we teach. But caring for our students can also lead us to adopt practices that are non-sustainable and maybe even joyless, such as long weekends bent over papers, grading sessions that extend into the holidays, or hours crunching numbers to produce final course marks. If these behaviours are the result of our caring, we have to begin questioning “why?” Why has it been possible for our caring to displace our pleasure and satisfaction as educators. Where did the fun go, and what can we do to get it back?There might be a Way. The ancient Chinese called it the TAO, or the path toward naturalness, simplicity and harmony. it’s unlikely that we will bloom into full-fledged Daoists overnight, there’s still a lot we, as teachers, can adapt from this philosophy. Daoism is especially relevant to the search for balance and well-being—that of ourselves as well as that of our students—when it comes to marking student work.Join for an interactive session that may show the Way to “Take Back the Joy” of being a teacher.This will be the kick-off event that will introduce an extended series of activities this year about marking and grading. In this and other upcoming offerings, we’ll ask faculty to examine their marking and grading practices, and consider how best to align these processes with perspectives and techniques that make caring sustainable.Audience | Teaching Faculty MembersDates | Friday, September 28, 8:30 - 10:00 amLocation | Cowichan Campus Building 700, Room 380Registration | InVIU Direct LinkQuestions | liesel.knaack@viu.ca | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learningfalse

We care deeply about our students—that’s why we teach. But caring for our students can also lead us to adopt practices that are non-sustainable and maybe even joyless, such as long weekends bent over papers, grading sessions that extend into the holidays, or hours crunching numbers to produce final course marks. If these behaviours are the result of our caring, we have to begin questioning “why?” Why has it been possible for our caring to displace our pleasure and satisfaction as educators. Where did the fun go, and what can we do to get it back?

There might be a Way. The ancient Chinese called it the TAO, or the path toward naturalness, simplicity and harmony. it’s unlikely that we will bloom into full-fledged Daoists overnight, there’s still a lot we, as teachers, can adapt from this philosophy. Daoism is especially relevant to the search for balance and well-being—that of ourselves as well as that of our students—when it comes to marking student work.

Join for an interactive session that may show the Way to “Take Back the Joy” of being a teacher.

This will be the kick-off event that will introduce an extended series of activities this year about marking and grading. In this and other upcoming offerings, we’ll ask faculty to examine their marking and grading practices, and consider how best to align these processes with perspectives and techniques that make caring sustainable.

Audience | Teaching Faculty Members

Dates | Friday, September 28, 8:30 - 10:00 am

Location | Cowichan Campus Building 700, Room 380

Registration | InVIU Direct Link

Questions | liesel.knaack@viu.ca | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

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