Let's Do Lunch!

Starting January 14, 2022 for spring! 

Looking for some continuity in these days of uncertainty?

Want to connect to other faculty at Texas State to exchange ideas and be a part of a living learning community?

Seeking ways to provide compassion and self-care to you, your students, and your colleagues?

 Then Let’s Do Lunch!

We meet at noon each Friday via ZOOM to share new ideas, ask questions, and find ways to take care of ourselves and our students as we navigate this new world. 

This is a come-and-go drop-in affair, so please feel free to attend even if you have to come late because your 3-year old needs a snack or if you have to let your dogs out. Our gatherings will be informal, fun, and informative.

Upcoming Session Topics: 
April 1 - Favorite Teaching Trix for the Year
April 8 - Healthy Boundaries, with Guest Speaker Dr. Cassandra LeClair, Senior Lecturer, Communication Studies
April 15 - Good Friday, No Meeting this Week
April 22 - Course Hero, Canvas Inbox, and Other Academic Integrity Issues, with Guest Speaker Dr. Rachel Davenport, Senior Lecturer, Biology
April 29 - Getting Students Ready for Exams

Have an idea for a session topic? Email us at facultydevelopment@txstate.edu

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  • Previous Session Topics

    • January 14 - FAQulty Think Tank
      January 21 - Time-Saving Feedback Hacks
      January 28 - Building Student Resilience Through Metacognition
      February 4 - Canceled Due to Weather
      February 11 - Back in the Saddle! Let's Talk About the First Week Back in the Classroom
      February 18 - Myths About Multitasking in the Online and Face-to-Face Classroom
      February 25 - Working with Student Veterans
      March 4 - Student Procrastination: Addressing the Pain Points
      March 11 - Let’s Do Lunch Does Zelicks! Celebrate Spring Break from 4 – 6 p.m. 
      March 18 - Spring Break, No Meeting this Week.
      March 25 - Where are You Investing Your Work Time?

    • September 3 - If You Build it, Will They Come? Creative Approaches to Online Office Hours
      September 10 - Flex, Relax, and Adapt: Pandemic Teaching 2.0
      September 17 - How It Started. How It’s Going: A Community Check-in 
      September 24 - Re-envisioning Your Career Path and Professional Goals
      Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Vicki Baker (noon-2)
      October 1 - Working with Students in Crisis
      October 8 - Managing Your Workload
      October 15 - Hidden Campus Treasures & Resources
      October 22 - Using Flipgrid and Other Video/Audio Tools to Engage Students, with Guest Speaker Laura Ellis-Lai, Senior Lecturer, English
      October 29 - Student Conferences: Best Practices and Hacks
      November 5 - Who's Talking? Engaging All Students in Class Discussions
      November 12 - Getting Your Students to the Finish Line: Teaching Strategies, Efficiencies, and Techniques
      November 19 - Zoom Teaching Tips and Hacks
      November 26 - No Let’s Do Lunch this week 
      December 3 - Closing the Deal: Strategies for Ending the Semester on a Positive Note
      December 10 - End of the Semester Celebration!

    • January 22 - Sharing Creative Assessment Strategies
      January 29 -  Helping Students Thrive in Difficult Times
      February 5 -  Creating Peer Support Among Your Students
      February 12 -  CANCELED FOR SNOW
      February 19 -  CANCELED FOR SNOW
      February 26 - Snowmageddon Bingo
      March 5 -  Talking to Your Students About Race and Ethnicity with Special Guest Dr. Stella Silva, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Inclusive Excellence, Faculty & Staff Initiatives and Interim Chief Diversity Officer
      March 12 -  Less Can Be More: Commenting on Student Papers
      March 19 -  SPRING BREAK - No Meeting This Week
      March 26 -  Providing Audio and Video Feedback in Canvas
      April 2 -  Special Guest Event, Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh, Author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion
      April 9 - How It Started/How It’s Going: Stories of Resilience in Teaching during COVID-19
      April 16 - Their Cheating Hearts: Academic Integrity and the University Honor Code 
      April 23 - But They Should Know That! Teaching for Learning Transfer
      April 30 - Made It!! Year-End Celebration with Games and Prizes! 
      May 7 - Hive Mind: What Do You Want Let’s Do Lunch Version 2.0 to Look Like?

    • September 4 - Co-Creating Course Expectations During the Pandemic
      September 11 - The Juggling Act - Engaging Students in Multiple Modalities
      September 18 - Creating Community in Your Course
      September 25 - Give Yourself a Break! Managing Workload and Self-Care
      October 2 - Writing and Grading with Rubrics: Time Savers or Dream Killers?
      October 9 - Need a “Spark” in Your Teaching but You’re in a “Rush”?
      October 16 - What Free Time? I Spent the Weekend Grading
      October 23 - Turnitin—It’s Not Just for Cheaters!
      October 30 - Pandemic Teaching Bingo
      November 6 - How Are We? Self-Care in the Midst of Caring for Others
      November 13 - Who Are Our Students? Understanding First Generation Students 
      November 20 - Perfectionists and Procrastinators: Supporting Students and Setting Boundaries
      November 27 - No Meeting This Week! Enjoy Your Thanksgiving!
      December 4 - We Made It! Celebrate the END of 2020!  

Squirrel in front of Old Main

Secret Squirrel

Materials and Links discussed in Let's Do Lunch sessions