CTL ‘The Spark of Learning’ Book Study Begins Sept. 14


As part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s “Book Study Fall 2021” series of faculty development events, “The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion” begins Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. in Kent Library Room 311.

This study will be presented by Dr. Rachel Morgan Theall, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Erin Fluegge, associate professor of management.

Historically, we have constructed our classrooms with the assumption that learning is a dry, staid affair best conducted in quiet tones and ruled by an unemotional consideration of the facts. The field of education, however, is beginning to awaken to the potential power of emotions to fuel learning, informed by contributions from psychology and neuroscience. In friendly, readable prose, Sarah Rose Cavanagh argues that to capture students’ attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention and enhance their motivation, educators should consider the emotional impact of their teaching style and course design. To make this argument, Cavanaugh brings to bear a wide range of evidence from the study of education, psychology and neuroscience, and provides practical examples of successful classroom activities from a variety of disciplines in secondary and higher education.

Discussions will be held Sept. 14, Oct. 5 and 26, and Nov. 9.

To register, visit semo.edu/ctl/faculty-development/events.