Contact Joan to sign out these teaching tools:
The Visual Explorer
The Visual Explorer™ is a tool for creative conversations and deep dialogues using a wide variety of images. A framing question is posed. Students browse the 8x10" images and each select an image which represents their individual responses to the framing question. Participants share their selections and rationales, launching a robust discussion around the framing question. Many variations to this process can be tailored by the facilitator to suit his/her purpose and the size of the group.
What: 5' x 12' Portable and lightweight interactive presentation surface. Markers and paper are included. Great for group brainstorming exercises, visual grouping of ideas, and facilitating discussions.
How it works: The front surface is treated so that papers will stick to the mat, but can easily be removed to display, group, and regroup participants' ideas using small to large pieces of paper. Gets students up and moving, interacting with other discussants and trying out ideas.
The Civically Engaged Reader
Civic reflection is an open-ended practice of reflective discussion that builds community, improves relationships, and increases clarity about values and beliefs. The Reader, published by the Great Books Foundation, is designed to spur conversations based on literature, poems, short speeches, and essays which can be linked to service, activism, and civic engagement. It is used in classrooms, teaching/learning events, retreats, cross-cultural activities, etc.
A complete list of current books available both in the CEL office or college library will be available soon...