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2017 GREAT TEACHING ROUND UP

May 22 - May 25

Assemble a group of people who really care about teaching and place them in an relaxed, unstructured setting in the beautiful Texas hill country and the rewards can be astounding. Over the years, many teachers have reported that the Round Up allowed them to believe in their chosen profession as never before.

 

YO Ranch Kerrville TX

This year’s Round Up will be held at:
YO Ranch Hotel
Kerrville, Texas.

Directions to YO Ranch Hotel

Registration Form

 
 
 

EXPECTATION
The Great Teaching Round Up differs from most conferences in that, for the most part, the program is created by the participants themselves. The staff’s major role is facilitation. The format varies but often includes: teaching clinics, panels, organized discussions, “hands-on” workshops, and presentations by participants or Round Up staff. It also features choices among activities. The exchange takes place not only in scheduled sessions but also informally around the pool, in conversations at dinner, or on excursions around the resort.

FOCUS
The goals of the seminar include: Sharing methods and techniques… Celebrating good teaching… Creative, realistic problem solving… Exploration of new ideas… Serious introspection and self-appraisal… Professional and personal renewal.

  1. Participants decide what to talk about and how much time to spend.
  2. Teachers learn best from one another; the collective expert is best.
  3. Everything is positive and productive (No griping! No whining!).

SCHEDULE
The Great Teaching Round Up check-in time is 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22. Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m. Orientation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 25.

Donna Gordon, Houston Community College, 2017 Lead Facilitator

Morning sessions – 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Afternoon sessions – 1:30 – 3:45 p.m. (when applicable)
Evening sessions – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

DRESS
Absolutely casual! We will be meeting informally throughout the day, with breaks for visiting, sightseeing, and relaxing. You are encouraged to pack a flashlight, hiking shoes, bathing suit, and maybe bug repellent and an umbrella.

PARTICIPATION
Participants to the ROUND UP are indeed the primary resources in our meeting; what we learn, we will learn from each other. There are no outside experts. The rationale supporting the seminar is that a group of professional two-year college instructors contains a wealth of learning resources. This assumption has always been valid. You should realize also that the informal settings are designed for your learning; seek out participants for whom you have an interest/respect and discuss teaching with them.

DON’T FORGET TO BRING:

  • Swell Teachers Clinic:  A 10 minute or less teaching demonstration. Bring handouts and materials you need for the presentation (for approximately 30 participants). The only things available at the ranch are flip charts.
  • Teaching Success/Challenge: Each of you needs to offer a strength to the group, and each needs to identify a concern. To get us started, bring with you a half-page description of a teaching success (30 copies) and a half-page description of a challenge/concern you have about teaching (30 copies).  See example below. You may be invited to develop your “successful teaching practice” in a small group or for the whole group; therefore, you may want to bring along materials, handouts.
  • Favorite Book: Bring a copy of a favorite book (i.e., textbook in field, professional related book, or personal choice-fiction or nonfiction), cartoon, or one-page writing that has made a difference in your life. We will share these treasures with one another through our ROUND-UP library during the week.

WHY YOU SHOULD ROUND UP ACCORDING TO GTR ALUMNI:

2013 Great Teaching Round Up

“I came here absolutely out of gas. I am leaving having remembered why I love what I do. I am rejuvenated, refreshed, and emotionally charged. Thank you.”

“The GTR was very worthwhile. I had some concerns that there would be too much talk about touchy-feely ideas that aren′t terribly applicable to my discipline. These worries, however, were quickly dispelled upon my arrival. The interactive sessions were quite helpful, and almost all of the ideas discussed can be applied to my discipline in some way. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.”

“If an instructor was struggling in an area, another instructor would share their success in dealing with the same issue. Overall, a great experience!”

 

What is there to do in Kerrville during my free time?
May is the perfect time to be in the Texas Hill Country! Check out what’s happening in/near Kerrville during your stay

Details

Start:
May 22
End:
May 25

Venue

YO Ranch Hotel
2033 Sidney Baker
Kerrville, TX 78028 United States
Phone:
(877) 967-3767
Website:
http://www.yoranchhotel.com/