Go to Content
Columbia College Chicago
What the Best [Columbia] College Teachers Do
Print this PageEmail this Page

What the Best [Columbia] College Teachers Do

with Megan Stielstra, CTE

"You don't teach a class. You teach a student."   
—Ken Bain


Bring your successes, bring your challenges, and brainstorm with your colleagues using the  collective wisdom of hundreds of the top faculty in the nation. Inspired by Ken Bain’s book, What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard, 2004), this four-part series of conversations explores what works and what doesn’t in promoting authentic learning for students. This provocative dialogue—intended for both veteran Columbia faculty and those brand new to our community—will examine what we really do when we teach, and how we know if we’re actually helping our students learn.

Light refreshments will be provided.


September 20, October 4 & 18, November 1


The Faculty Center
600 S. Michigan Avenue
8th Floor

Session 1: What do you know about how your students learn?
Session 2: What do you expect from your students?
Session 3: How do you treat your students?
Session 4: How do you bring it all together?

During the semester, sessions will be framed in relation to Bain’s book, though it will not be necessary to have read the chapters in order to participate fully and benefit from the dialogue. 


Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions in this series.

"Part of being a good teacher is knowing that you always have something new to learn
—Ken Bain

Copies of What the Best College Teachers Do are available in Columbia’s bookstore, as well as in our library.

Please see our current schedule for information and locations.