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Teaching Tip #5 invites you to explore TBL, the subject of our Winter Workshop, facilitated by Billie Franchini of SUNY Albany. Information on TBL can be found at the Team-Based Learning Collaborative Website and Billie's PowerPoint slides are posted on our KCTL facebook group. Also, since a number of folks expressed interest in a TBL FIG, we are planning to start one. If you are interested in joining, please "like" our TBL FIG comment on facebook or email us at email@example.com. The workshop gave us a lot of information about the pedagogy - both theory and practice - and I found it useful for us as instructors, even if our intent is not to do a full-fledged TBL course. But something that really stood out for me were the The Four Principles of Critical Thinking Practice, which guide activity design:
1. Students don't have to know everything before they can do something. 2. "Discuss" is a vehicle - not a destination. 3. Students can only integrate new knowledge when their prior knowledge is made visible. 4. Not all "practice" is created equal.
What I really loved about the TBL activities demonstrated these principles and how their structure drove such great conversations - conversations our students need to have with each other, but which are not always easy to motivate. Check it out! :)