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.
This year’s Round Up will be held at:
YO Ranch Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
WHY YOU SHOULD ROUND UP ACCORDING TO GTR ALUMNI:
“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