Upcoming presentation at UBC's Investigating Our Practices: Speaking the Being of Teaching

I just realized I didn't even have this on MY calendar, so I figure it might be best to blast it out into the ether.

Conference Title: Investigating Our Practices 2013
Conference Website: http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/summer-institute-investigating-our-practices-iop2013/

Date: May 11, 2013
Location: UBC Vancouver Campus

My working title is: Speaking the Being of Teaching

Description: In this roundtable we will explore the spaces where who we are as teachers and learners  occurs. Teaching is dominated by knowing; we speak of knowing things, dates, names, and facts. As teachers we deal in knowledge: knowing is a criteria for advancement, a critical factor in deciding who is smart, who is right, who has power. Surely knowing is helpful. But to move forward, to truly think differently, we need to consider questions regarding the being of teaching. We have become addicted to knowing. We are complacent in our knowing; once we know something -- we are content. "I already know that." This roundtable is about being, not knowing. What might be possible in educating were being brought into the conversation? Not to supplant knowing, but to complement. For example: Who am I being such that teaching and learning is possible? Who am I being such that this lesson flopped? Questions of being change the game of teaching. They rewrite the rules, invent new rules. In our brief discussion we will speak the being of teaching to remind us of just how much of a say we have in teaching, learning, our relationships, and our lives.




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