Cover of the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. TCDC Summer Book Club. Tuesdays 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm from May 24th to June 21st in Room C203.

TCDC Summer Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

Tuesdays from May 24 – June 21

Join our in-person book club on Tuesdays from 4:00pm–5:15pm to discuss Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This is a beautiful book that explores the relationship between biology and Indigenous teachings, and will engage anyone who is passionate about being an educator and is open to learning more about Indigenous worldviews, the natural environment, and each other.

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TCDC’s Summer Book Club: Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead)

Ungrading by Susan D. Blum

The summer semester book club selection, Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum, promises to give us much food for thought as we contemplate the idea of ungrading and critique the entire notion of grading students.

Join us via Zoom every Wednesday, May 12 to June 23, from 4:30pm to 5:45pm as we unpack two chapters at a time and delve into discussion and conversation. Save your spot and register now!

Note: While we encourage participants to sign up for the duration, if you wish to attend only one or two sessions, please contact us at to get the Zoom link and meeting details.

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TCDC Book Club: The New Education (T222) 4:30pm

As we look toward the spring 2020 APAG conference with the theme of Future Thinking, TCDC’s book club choice is centred on that very theme: future directions in post-secondary. We will explore Cathy N. Davidson’s The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (2017), an exploration of the trajectory of modern post-secondary education and suggestions for how instructors—and students—can inspire a “revolution in higher learning”. Join us as we explore eight chapters over eight weeks from January 21 until March 17.

TCDC Book Club: Creating Self-Regulated Learners

Do you ever wish your students would spend just a little more time reviewing graded papers, exams, homework assignments and practice quizzes to identify and address gaps in their understanding? Would you like more of your students to be able to reflect on, monitor and assess their learning and study strategies so they can be more successful learners? Join us for this semester’s TCDC Book Club!

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Real Voices Make it Stick

A multidisciplinary group of Langara faculty members from the TCDC book club gathered regularly to discuss and unpack myths about learning while uncovering new strategies for increasing knowledge retention and information retrieval among their students.  In the audio clip below, participants share personal thoughts and takeaways on the reading circle and the book titled, “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning”.

TCDC book clubs are facilitated by curriculum consultants and offered multiple times throughout the year. The next book club will be offered in May, please register here.

Langara Book Club: Indigenous Storywork

Leading up to this year’s APAG conference, join the Langara Book Club to explore keynote speaker Jo-Ann Archibald’s Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit.

Dr. Archibald, also known by her Stó:lō name Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is a member of the Soowahlie and Xaxli’p First Nations. She spent her career helping to advance Indigenous educational programs in Canadian elementary and university curricula. Jo-ann Archibald is a professor emerita at UBC and has been appointed officer of the Order of Canada in 2019 for her substantial work in Indigenous education.

This book unravels the role of stories and storytelling for holistic learning, teaching and healing. Based on traditional knowledge and life experiences of Elders, Archibald’s research and writing develops ways of bringing storytelling into the context of education. The characteristics of stories, the process of storytelling and establishing a receptive learning context, and ways of engaging in holistic meaning-making are considered in this book.

Discussions will revolve around two chapters per meeting, offering enough time for those who have not previously read the book to do so.  The first gathering will be on Thursday, February 14, 2019 in room T228, with following meetings on February, 28, March 14, and April 4.

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Note: The Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre will have several copies available for participants to borrow on a first come, first served basis. The Langara Library also has the e-book version of Indigenous Storywork.

This book club will be facilitated by Aurelia Kinslow, Indigenous Curriculum Consultant, and faculty from the English department.

TCDC Book Club: Make It Stick

Would you like to find out how to help your students (and yourself) learn more effectively and increase knowledge retention? Would you like to discover some new learning and practice strategies that can be applied right away in your class?

In Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, two psychologists and a storyteller, Henry Roediger, Mark McDaniel and Peter Brown, share how recent research in cognitive science can be applied to improve educational practice. Join the TCDC book club this Spring to explore and unpack common myths about learning and discover how information retrieval, varying one’s practice, embracing difficulties, and accurately assessing one’s knowledge can make the information and skills we are learning truly stick.

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This book club will be facilitated by a TCDC curriculum consultant and discussions will focus on ways participants might implement some of the strategies outlined in the book to make learning stick in their own courses. We hope you will join us this semester for thought-provoking reading, delicious snacks, and great conversation about teaching and learning.

We will be discussing one chapter each week, beginning with the first chapter on Wednesday, January 23, 2018 from 4:30pm-5:30pm in TCDC (C210).

Note: The Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre has a few print copies of the book that book club participants are welcome to borrow on a first come first served basis.

We also have available the e-book version of Make it Stick .