Faculty Development Day: Let’s Play! Incorporating Fun, Play and Experimentation into the Classroom

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | Fiterman 1306/07

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As teachers, we are often looking for new ways to diversify and enhance our teaching strategies. In addition to clearly established expectations, challenging materials, and engaging activities, the most effective lectures or classes also bring passion, humor, fun, and a sense of community into the classroom. How do we create an environment that keeps students stimulated and craving more? How do we have more fun? Play in higher education can stimulate intrinsic motivation, create safe spaces for academic experimentation and exploration, risk-taking, and participation. In this session, you’ll hear from BMCC faculty who have incorporated fun icebreakers, engaging games, and student-centered instruction that involves students not only in the subject matter, but also with their peers and the instructor.

Organized by the Faculty Development Committee of the Academic Senate. R.S.V.P. at www.bmcc.cuny.edu/facultyday/ if you plan to attend for lunch. For more information email, BMCCFacultyDevelopmentCommittee@bmcc.cuny.edu.


10:00 – 10:10
Opening Remarks
Dean Jim Berg and Cara Kronen

10:10 – 10:20
Getting to Know You through Play
Angela Polite, Speech, Theater, and Communications

10:20 – 10:45
School Hall Meetings and Theories of Play
Ruth Guirguis and Jill Crosby, Teacher Education

10:45 – 11:35
Math Games Workshop
Kathleen Offenholley, Math

11:35 – 11:55
Story Cards and Categorizing the Poor
Khushmand Rajendran, Human Services

Working Lunch

Energizing ESL Students thru Online Games
Deniz Gokcora, A.L.L.

Bridge Making Workshop
Jennifer Longley and Cara Kronen, Teacher Education

Language and Movement
Vanessa Baish, English

Fun with Commas
Tali Noimann, English

Closing Remarks
Deborah Gambs


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