Book Talk: Rethinking Classroom Participation, with Kathy Schultz, Monday, 5/10, 4-5:30pm

Monday, 5/10, 4-5:30pm

The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks and lectures by faculty, students, staff, and others interested in sharing their work with the Teachers College community. Join us as we celebrate your achievements and promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics of relevance to the educating, psychological and health professions.
  • Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices, with Kathy Schultz, Monday, 5/10, 4-5:00pm
  • "Educators tend to have limited understandings of silence in the classroom. Silence is generally viewed as an individual characteristic and educators assume, for instance, that a quiet person is intrinsically shy. Alternatively, teachers assume that silence means a student either does not know the answer or has made a conscious decision not to participate in the discussion. In fact, student silence in the classroom can carry multiple meanings. It can indicate, among other things, resistance, boredom, thoughtfulness, or strategic timing. Silence may manifest simply, but it is a complex phenomenon. In this book, I show how silence can be a form of participation, and I offer ways for teachers to investigate silence with students. By exploring how students participate through silence, teachers can shift participation structures and revise the linguistic demands of classroom discourse to provide openings for more student engagement. I argue that a student’s shyness or reluctance to participate is produced in interaction with teachers and peers, and in response to the classroom environment, the larger social context, and the available roles for students to enact." --Katherine Schultz On Monday, May 10th Katherine Schultz will discuss and sign copies of her latest book, Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices (Teachers College Press, 2009). In it Professor Schultz examines the complex nature and role of student silence and its significant role in today's teaching and learning. She urges teachers to listen to silence in new ways and to utilize student silence as a valid and telling form of classroom participation. Writes Ray McDermott, Professor of Education at Stanford University, "Schultz thinks children should have more room for written and spoken expression, of course, but her main excitement is that teachers must appreciate as well the wisdom held back, hidden, alienated, and cried out in silence… We should listen to the silences of the classroom and use her words to help understand them." (Foreword, pp, ix-x). Katherine Schultz is Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for Collaborative Research and Practice in Teacher Education. Her work as scholar, educator, and activist has centered on the problem of how to prepare and provide ongoing support for new teachers in urban public schools. Her current research projects explore the topics of adolescent literacy practices, pathways into teaching, and international teacher education. She is vice chair of the Chester-Upland Education Empowerment Board where she is documenting multiple perspectives on change and reform in a highly impoverished school district. She has published two previous books with Teachers College Press: Listening: A Framework for Teaching across Differences (2003) and School’s Out: Bridging Out-of-School Literacy with Classroom Practices (2002, edited with Glynda Hull). This book talk is co-sponsored by Teachers College Press and the Gottesman Libraries. See the video excerpt with Katherine Schultz and begin understanding silence as a form of engagement and participation. Where: 305 Russell
  • Memoirs of a Bouncer: The Real Men in Black, with Mark Gadsden, Tuesday, 5/4, 4-5:30pm
  • Please join Bouncer and Author Mark J. Gadsden as he shares his experiences as a security professional for over 25 years. Mr. Gadsden will read selections from the second edition of Memoirs of a Bouncer and his collection of memoirs. Learn valuable tips on what is considered proper protocol to gain entry into a social establishment whether it is a club, lounge or any other public facility. Mr. Gadsden will help guide us to understand what it takes to stay there. You will also walk away with a greater knowledge for client behavior that will allow you to maximize your safety while visiting a public establishment, and return home safely. Consistent with the "knights of yesteryear," Mark J. Gadsden's mission is to maintain "a high level of integrity in the role of peacekeeper or watchman on the wall of truth; to protect the weak and defenseless in our world; and to direct people to do the right thing, either by words or actions" (Introduction, p. xv11). In his revised book, Memoirs of A Bouncer: The Real Men in Black (Authorhouse, 2010), Mark Gadsden, a dedicated security professional, delves into "life on the other side of the velvet rope," seizing the highly charged, teachable moments of night life. He raises awareness of the policies and procedures governing protocol and safety, instructing youth and adults on multiple serious issues, including assault, date rape, and sexual harassment. Mr. Gadsden is currently a public safety officer and a FDNY Fire Safety Director at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked in the security field for more than thirty years, including supervising the major security concerns of top artists and corporate executives, as well as working as a hands-on bouncer at clubs, lounges, and restaurants throughout the New York City area. He recently participated in an awards ceremony at Gracie Mansion where Mayor Michael Bloomberg recognized a select group of New Yorkers for their outstanding civic contributions. The second edition of Mr. Gadsden’s book was released in March 2010. Divided into four sections (Bouncers, The Players, Things You Need to Know, and Memoirs), the revised Memoirs of a Bouncer: The Real Men in Black features a character name index; an alphabetical index; and a dedication to his younger sister, Gloria Jean Gadsden, who passed away in 2008 and in whose name a scholarship fund has been established for deserving youth in urban cities. Where: 306 Russell

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