Dr. Kris Shaffer: Keynote – Productive Discomfort – Video & Session Notes

Fostering Learning in an Inquiry-Driven Class
Tuesday: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Kris Shaffer – Keynote from Summer Faculty Institute 2014 hosted by UD Capture


  • Q: [1 ] (Kathy von Duyke) Did you find changing your relationship to students’ homework assignments affected how you construct grades for your classes? If so, how?


  • We often change our pedagogical methods without considering our pedagogical goals (CRR)
  • The training wheels are a great metaphor for the kinds of compromises teachers make with students so that learning appears to happen. (sab)
  • Start here with the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_cath%C3%A9drale_engloutie
  • Getting musical examples in the ear. Can be applied to other disciplines.
  • Give students a problem they can partially solve, use those skills first, dig deeper.
  • Source: Mark Sample, Intrusive Scaffolding: http://www.samplereality.com/2012/12/18/intrusive-scaffolding-obstructed-learning-and-moocs/
  • The textbook’s approach looks like POGIL to me–solve one bit at a time and then put the pieces together. It’s meant to be individual, but could be done in teams. (sab)
  • Embodied play – play is critical inquiry, (Morris, Rorabaugh, Stommel “Beyond Rigor”) http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/journal/beyond-rigor/
  • what agency can you give your students?
  • Rainio, A. P. (2008). From resistance to involvement: Examining agency and control in a playworld activity. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 15(2), 115-140.
  • – Rajala, A., Hilppö, J., Lipponen, L., & Kumpulainen, K. (2013). Expanding the chronotopes of schooling for the promotion of students’ agency. Teoksessa O. Erstad & J. Sefton-Green (Toim.) Identity, community and learning lives in the digital age, 107-125. (Kathy von Duyke) Also, Look for “Mapping Concepts of Agency in Education” (Matusov and von Duyke, under review).
  • Look up also dialogic pedagogy for the place of dialogue in learner agency.
  • Know Your students
  • What learning and inquiry practices do you want your students to learn? (learning practices)
  • How much pedagogy can you add to the course? It will take time away from other topics.
  • Music doesn’t exist by itself, right? It is always experienced through our own bodies.
  • Discussion on Learner Agency – http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/learner-agency-technology-and-emotional-intelligence/
  • They know how to figure out things they couldn’t do before…learning how to learn…unfamiliarity becomes familiar
  • a few more in other domains:
  • Krange, I. (2007) Students‟ conceptual practices in science education. Productive disciplinary interactions in a participation trajectory. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2, pp.171-203.
  • – Gresalfi, M., Martin, T., Hand, V., & Greeno, J. (2009). Constructing competence: an analysis of student participation in the activity systems of mathematics classrooms. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 70, 49-70.
  • – Boaler, J., & Greeno, L. (2000). Identity, agency and knowing in mathematics worlds. In J. Boaler (Ed.), Multiple perspectives on mathematics teaching and learning (pp. 171-200). Westport, CT: Ablex Publishing.
  • Don’t ask fact based questions – use provocations – questions with tensions and controversy.