Snapshots: Kemper Speaker Peter Felten on Transformative Teaching

| November 24, 2014
Kemper Speakers are brought to campus each year to encourage cultivate great teaching and learning through faculty workshops and a keynote speech.

Kemper Speakers are brought to campus each year to encourage cultivate great teaching and learning through faculty workshops and a keynote speech.

Felten

Felten

Peter Felten, the third Annual William T. Kemper Speaker on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, discussed transformational teaching and learning on Nov. 21 in the East Academic Building.

Felten quoted Ken Bain, author of “What the Best College Teachers Do” and “What the Best College Students Do”:

“The key to understanding the best teaching can be found not in particular practices or rules, but in the attitudes of teachers, in their faith in students’ abilities, in their willingness to take students seriously and to let them assume control of their own education.”

To that end, Felten stressed that teachers must nurture patience and persistence in their students, and cultivate deep relationships and integrative practices in their teaching.

Felten is assistant provost for teaching and learning, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and professor of history at Elon University. His publications include the co-authored books Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014).

Attendees broke up into small groups to discuss instances of student transformation they have personally witnessed.

Attendees broke up into small groups to discuss instances of student transformation they have personally witnessed.

The annual William T. Kemper Speaker on Excellence in Teaching & Learning is funded through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation. The Kemper Foundation also funds the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is awarded annually to two full-time and two adjunct faculty members who exhibit the art of teaching at its finest.

 

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