Education | Topical Seminar in Educational Psychology: College Teaching and Instruction
P650 | 6011 | Dr. Fritz Lieber


Overview and Introduction
The purpose of the seminar is to help you teach and learn. The seminar
is based on a set of assumptions: the means and end of teaching is
learning; the primary role of teacher is teacher-as-learner; teaching
is an interpersonal relationship; the definition of good student is
independent learner. As Associate Instructors, you will teach F200
(Examining Self as Teacher), or G203 (Communication in the Classroom).
F200 gives students an idea of what it means and how it feels to
teach. G203 applies attitudes and techniques of counseling to
teaching. The seminar will meet once a week for two hours.  It will be
roughly divided into two parts: clinical and didactic. The clinical
portion will be a quasi-case conference in which we discuss problems
and prospects that arise from your classroom. The didactic portion
will consist of seminar members' presentations on topics of their
choice that relate to teaching.

Format
The seminar relies on members' active participation. Lively
discussion, feedback, and intellectual exchange will be the order of
the hour. I hope the seminar is a place where we challenge and support
ourselves and each other, working together in the spirit of mutual
respect and discovery. Let our time together become the best of what
we hope for our students.

Texts, Papers, and Examinations
There are no required texts, tests, or papers. However, I hope you
will share resources with each other and inform the seminar of any
readings or other materials that you have found meaningful or useful.
In addition, I hope that your seminar presentations will include
handouts and references or bibliography.

Armstrong Teacher Educator
As in previous years, we will have the benefit of an Armstrong teacher
education. Lisa Nash has been an elementary school teacher in northern
Indiana, and has recently taken a position coordinating a reading
support program. As a teacher, she has used Socratic dialogue to
generate classroom conversation. She will visit us during the semester
and is available to meet with your classes.

On a Personal Note…
I have had no greater satisfaction than helping others increase their
freedom. For the past five years, I have worked at the intersections
of teaching and counseling, learning and change, education and mental
health. The growth and enrichment of freedom is the common bond of
these intersections. I hope that our seminar will strengthen the bonds
of freedom for us and for our students.