Monday, December 5, 2016

A totally optional discussion group on leadership for next semester

The last few years I have invited students to join me in the spring for a weekly discussion group on the topic of how they might get more out of their learning.  Three years ago, I didn't get enough nibbles.  Two years ago I had three takers.  We met each Friday afternoon throughout the spring semester.  It was an interesting experience, unusual for both the students and for me.  Last year I had two takers initially, but one soon dropped.  The other person was extremely shy and it was kind of odd to have conversations with him.  We went for a while but didn't meet quite as regularly.

This year I'd like to do something similar but on a different topic.  I maintain a reading list on leadership and learning.  We might start with a few pieces from there to help us find a rhythm.  After that, I'd hope that students would offer up their own pieces for us to discuss.

When the group seemed to work well we went for somewhere between 90 minutes and two hours and met in BIF.  That much of what we did I'd like to keep.  Based on that experience the ideal number of students is at least 3 and probably no more than 5.  If we can get that this time around we'll be a go.

If you are interested you can indicate that either by commenting on this post (and maybe that will attract some others to do likewise) or you can send me an email.

Let me say one more thing about scheduling.  I am not teaching next semester so I am pretty happy to meet whenever is convenient for the group (if such a time exists).  But I would prefer daytime to evening.  You should probably treat that as a firm constraint in assessing your own availability for this.

4 comments:

  1. I am interested on being a part of this!

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    1. Good. Let's see if there are some others who are interested.

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  2. Interested as well, also sending an e-mail.

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    1. Thanks. Let's see if we can get at least one more taker. That would make for a real group.

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