Workshops & Events

February 12, 2016
  • Celebration of Great Teaching Retreat Application Deadline
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: February 12, 2016 - 11:59 pm


  • Faculty Connection Series #1: The Engaging Classroom: How do YOU achieve it?
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: February 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    Location: Highland Business Center Room 411


    Description:

    This is part 1 of a 3 session seminar developed by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). The seminar is open to all faculty, both adjunct and full time, and will cover a full range of experiences that will benefit educators of any designation. Attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.

    In this session, faculty will be invited to learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students. With a series of interactive group activities and round table discussions, faculty members will be given the opportunity to explore solutions to teaching challenges. They’ll learn about what research has to say about best practices in teaching, and how to bring those ideas to the classroom in a way that works for each individual's personal style

    Breakfast will be served; please contact the FCTL (FCTL@austincc.edu) if you have dietary restrictions.

    Register here: https://eapps.austincc.edu/workshops/www/eventenroll.php?Source=Calendar&EventID=4634

February 17, 2016
  • ELGIN: Faculty Stammtisch
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: February 17, 2016 - 5:00 pm

    Location: Elgin Rm 1107


    Description:

    A Stammtisch (German for “regulars’ table”) is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis. It is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly get-together. If you are feeling siloed in your office and missing the energy that comes from a more collegial atmosphere, then a Stammtisch may be for you!

    The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting monthly "Faculty Stammtisch" at several ACC campuses, organized by an ACC faculty campus ambassador. This Faculty Stammtisch is your standing reservation each month to connect with and learn from your teaching colleagues. The FCTL is excited to bring faculty out of their silos and create a collaborative culture with Faculty Stammtisch — light refreshments provided!

    To ensure that we have enough light refreshments for everyone, please be sure to update your enrollment status as it changes.

    For more details, contact Kerry Coombs, at kerry.coombs@austincc.edu.

    Register here: https://eapps.austincc.edu/workshops/www/eventenroll.php?Source=Calendar&EventID=4622

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Using Music in the Classroom

Using Music in the Classroom

by David Lydic I have long used music in the classroom when the subject warrants it. For example, in American Literature we discuss traditional western ballads and spirituals. Both inform the subjects and structure of modern American literature. For actual western ballads—anonymous songs from Britain and western Europe– think “Barbara Allen,” “The Trees They Do Grow High,” “Death of Queen Jane.” Many modern songs are written on those models, songs of protest— Phil Och’s “There But for Fortune,” Pete Seeger’s “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” ; songs of commemoration—Woody Guthrie’s “Roll on Columbia”; songs of lamentation—Guthrie’s “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos Canyon”; songs of conflict and family— Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman.” These are a few I’ve used recently. There are hundreds more. Spirituals, what W E B Dubois called “sorrow songs,” are songs of African slaves brought to America. These are uniquely American and originate an entire thread of American music, moving from gospel to ragtime to R & B to blues to rock and roll to soul to rap to hip hop. Some pure original spirituals include “Wading in the Water,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” and “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” Modern gospel music is that of northern black churches after the civil war, and some examples of those I use are “Shall We Gather at the River,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Hundreds more are possible. I end the spiritual/gospel segment listening to Tupac’s “Ballad of a Dead Soulja.” The students love it. “Amazing Grace” is neither a spiritual nor a gospel song, but... read more
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