Center for Teaching Excellence
Brown Bag Events
Join us for a TED Talk and discussion. Bring your lunch and we will provide beverages and dessert.
August 27, 11:30 - 12:30 The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame with Brené Brown
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity, and vulnerability shine through every word.
The Power of Vulnerability
Listening to Shame
September 10, 11:30 - 12:30 Helping Others Ignite Their Creative Spirit with Denise Hinson and The Politics of Fiction with Elif Shafak
Denise Hinson is passionate about helping others ignite their creative spirit and believes that the educator-artist can change education in profound and powerful ways.
Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics. She explicitly defies definition -- her writing blends East and West, feminism and tradition, the local and global, Sufism and rationalism, creating one of today's most unique voices in literature.
Helping Others Ignite Their Creative Spirit
The Politics of Fiction
September 24, 11:30 - 12:30 The History of Our World in 18 Minutes with David Christian
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. David Christian teaches an ambitious world history course that tells the tale of the entire universe -- from the Big Bang 13 billions years ago to present day.
The History of our World in 18 Minutes
October 8, 11:30 - 12:30 How to Live Before You Die with Steve Jobs and Teachers Need Real Feedback with Bill Gates
At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself. As CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs spearheaded a few of the most iconic products in technology, entertainment and design.
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: "satisfactory." And with no feedback, no coaching, there's just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom. A passionate techie and a shrewed businessman, Bill Gates changed the world once, while leading MIcrosoft to dizzying success. Now he's set to do it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation.
How to Live Before You Die
Teachers Need Real Feedback
October 22, 11:30 - 12:30 3 Rules to Spark Learning with Ramsey Musallam and My Invention that Made Peace with Lions with Richard Turere
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry techer Ramsey Musalllam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works. As a high school teacher, Ramsey Musallam expands curiosity in the classroom through multimedia and new technology.
In the Masai community where 13-year-old Richard Turere lives, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away. Young inventor Richard Turere invented "lion lights", an elegant way to protect his family's cattle from lion attacks.
3 Rules to Spark Learning
My Invention that Made Peace with Lions
November 5, 11:30 - 12:30 Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are with Amy Cuddy
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Amy Cuddy's research on body language reveals that we can change other people's perceptions -- even our own body chemistry -- simply by changing body positions.
November 19, 11:30 - 12:30 Science is for Everyone, Kids Included with Beau Lotto and Amy O'Toole
What do Science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time..."
Amy O'Toole is a 12-year-old student who helped run a science experiment inspired by Beau Lotto's participative science approach. At age 10 she became one of the youngest people ever to publish a peer-reviewed science paper.
Beau Lotto is founder of Lottolabm a hybrid art studio and science lab. With glowing, interactive sculpture -- and old-fashioned peer-reviewed research -- he's illuminating the mysteries of the brain's visual system.
December 3, 11:30 - 12:30 The Philosophical Breakfast Club with Laura Snyder
In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves "natural philosophers" until they later coined "scientist" -- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.
Laura Snyder weaves tales of Victorian-era scientists that have been described as "fit for Masterpiece Theater."
Bring your lunch and we will provide beverages and dessert.
September 4, 11:30 - 12:30 Short trips within 200 miles of Farmington
October 2, 11:30 - 12:30 Europe
November 13, 11:30 - 12:30 Retire Overseas
December 4, 11:30 - 12:30 Ecotourism
Brown Bag Wednesday, Casual Discussions over lunch
Bring your lunch and we will provide beverages and dessert.
August 21, 11:30 - 12:30
September 18, 11:30 - 12:30
October 16, 11:30 - 12:30
October 30, 11:30 - 12:30
November 13, 11:30 - 12:30