Why You Should Join a Professional Learning Club

A Professional Learning Club (PLC) is a group of six to eight faculty members who meet to collaboratively reflect on and improve their teaching practices.  Participation involves one academic year of exploring, implementing, and evaluating empirically-grounded instructional strategies with the goal of improving student learning and engagement.

CLUBS explained

adapted from “Compare & Contrast: Teaching Comparative Thinking to Strengthen Student Learning” by Harvey F. Silver

 


 

 

 Why should you join a PLC?

  1. To build an interdisciplinary support system to share struggles, lessons learned, and achievements.
  2. To schedule much-needed time to reflect on your teaching and your students’ learning.
  3. To share ideas for improving student engagement, making your classes more enjoyable for both you and your students.
  4. To collaboratively design strategies that increase deep learning, as opposed to surface learning.
  5. To contribute to the scholarship of teaching & learning via, for example, conference presentations or publications.

These are just a handful of reasons to sign up for a PLC.  But don’t simply take our word for it.  Here’s what current PLC participants have to say:

“Your students will thank you for participating in TLT’s PLC.  This is a terrific (and cost effective) way to improve your teaching.  I love the fact that faculty can share best practices and have the opportunity to implement them over an entire year.” – Lancie Affonso, Computer Science, Management and Marketing

“Join a PLC because it offers great opportunities to reflect on your teaching, which so many of us struggle to find enough time for! I also really enjoyed the sense of community it provided us as we worked together to discuss individual issues we were struggling with in our classes.”  – Kelley White, Teacher Education

Interested?  We’re currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 – Spring 2017.  Applying is simple and TLT will help you find other like-minded colleagues to work with.

Want to know more before you apply?  Visit: tlt.cofc.edu/faculty-services/plc

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