Roundtable at UBC's IOP Conference this Saturday (May 11)

Investigating Our Practices 2013
IOP's 16th Annual Conference
Saturday, May 11, 2013 -- 8:30am – 1:30pm
Neville Scarfe Building, UBC

Program Summary [ PDF ]

List of Sessions [ PDF ]

Presentations [ PDF ]

Mine (Speaking the Being of Teaching) is during Session A, 9:00 – 9:40, in Room 203.

Here's the blurb: 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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