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Pop-Up Friday

Pop-Up Friday ~ 1200-1300 
 Discussions of Current issues in teaching and learning suggestions welcome

Pop-up Friday Spring, 2021

Pop-up Friday Fall, 2019

  • November 15--1145-1320:  10 Meter Dive Challenge (Stockdale Center)
  • November 8:  Designing Research Assignments--Maria Koshute (Nimitz Library)
  • November 1:  How to Make Good Tech Choices for You Class--Julie Zhu (CTL)
  • October 25:  Open Access--Kelly Durkin-Ruth (Nimitz Library)
  • October 18:  Lab Reports
  • October 11:  An Open Discussion for Faculty & Staff of Color
  • October 4:  Life Skills for Mids--Kevin Mullaney (LEL)
  • September 27:  Getting the change you're looking for: How to give feedback so students listen --Dave Wallace (LEL)
  • September 20:  Creating Multiple Choice Questions-- Shirley Lin (Chemistry) & Carolyn Judge (NAOE): 
    Bring along your multiple choice questions for a multi-disciplinary discussion.
  • September 6: How to Run a Meeting--Karyn Sproles:  Tips and resources on how to plan and hold efficient and productive meetings no matter what the topic.

Pop-up Friday Spring 2019

  • 26 April -- General Wissler 
  • April 19--YP Cruise--Dewey Seawall
  • April 12: Ship's Bridge Simulator for Faculty, Coaches, and Staff --Luce Hall, Ground Deck
  • April 5--My Student Has a Concussion! What Should I Do?
  • March 22: Climbing Wall!
  • March 1: Designing Research Assignments--Maria Koshute, Nimitz Library 
  • February 22: Open Access 101--Kelly Durkin Ruth, Nimitz Library
  • February 15:  Experiential Leadership Development
  • February 8: "Applying the lessons of leadership: An overview of NL310 (the 2/c core leadership course)”--CDR Dave Wallace
  • February 1: Spending Other People's Money (Legally):  Avoiding Procurement Fraud--LCDR Paige Ormiston
  • January 25: StrengthsFinders Workshop--Major Ryan Curry, & LCDR Danielle Litchford 

Pop-up Friday 2018

  • November 30--Planning a Realistic Winter Break--Karyn Sproles
  • November 9--Teaching Philosophies and Teaching Portfolios--Karyn Sproles
  • November 2--Leadership at USNA--Rear Admiral Baker
  • October 26--One Book , Many Conversation s:  A Seminar on Mary Shelley's  Frankenstein
    This event will be co-moderated by Dr. Joanna Tobin, The Aspen Institute (see biography  here) and Dr. Shirley Lin, USNA Chemistry Department. Register for workshop using this  link (USNA login required) by  15 OCT  2018 . Participants are encouraged to read the entire novel but the discussion will focus on specific sections of the book (to be announced).

    At the core of a democracy lies conversation.  The ability to talk with one another about the issues before us, and to come together and share our many perspectives, is a vital aspect of a thriving democratic society. Discussions grounded in a book can be particularly fertile for productive exchanges—giving everyone in the conversation a common point of reference for examining and articulating their ideas.


    Join members of the USNA community in practicing our core values as citizens and educators in a 75-minute exploration of Shelley's Frankenstein. All who are interested, regardless of academic background, are encouraged to register. Our discussion will take place in the Annapolis Room of Nimitz Library where we will be able to view the exhibit Of Journeys and Gurneys: Frankenstein in Context, organized by Prof. Noah Comet of the USNA English Department and featuring unique items from the Nimitz Library special collection.

    More information regarding One Book, Many Conversations can be found at  manyconversations.org.
  • October 19--Mindfulness--Sean McConnon
  • October 12--Mentoring and Coaching: A Demonstration--Rich O'Brien & Karyn Sproles
  • October 5-- Paired Peer Observations: How to make class observations more productive (and less difficult)
  • September 2 8-- How Can We Recognize and Help  Mids in Distress? --Dr. Annie Judge, Midshipmen Development Center
  • September 21--YP Cruise --meet at the Dewey Sea Wall (near Chauvenet Hall; opposite the Mids Store)
    We will get underway at 1215 from the Sea Wall and return no later than 1315. Please wear closed-toed shoes and be prepared to go up and down stairs that are really more like ladders. Space is limited--the first 35 people on board get to cruise.
  • August 6: Getting Ready for the 1st Day of Class, Karyn Sproles
  • August 7: Teaching 101: Get the Gouge, Karyn Sproles, Lori Goodenough (Mechanical Engineering Department)
  • August 8: Active Learning, Karyn Sproles
  • August 9: Creating & Evaluating Quizzes, Tests, and Assignments, Karyn Sproles, Julie Zhu, Maria Koshute
  • August 15: How to get Students to do the Reading, Karyn Sproles
  • August 13: The Five Best Ways to get Students to Learn, Karyn Sproles 
  • April 27 --  YP Cruise --  meet at the Sea Wall​. We will get underway at 1215 from the Sea Wall and return no later than 1315. 
  • April 20 --  Steam Tunnel Tour--location TBA. Public Works will lead a tour of USNA's underground
  • April 13 -- Active Learning & Improving Student Outcomes, Nancy Berkowitz, (president, Arbee Associates) and Co. 
    This discussion will include research on how the design of a classroom can facilitate active learning.
  • March 2 -- Improving Student Writing: Building on Skills Learned in Plebe English--English Department Faculty
    The best way to improve student writing is to activate the skills they have already developed. Students don’t transfer skills from one course to another unless they are deliberately reminded to do so. Understanding more about what they have learned in Plebe English can help us activate those skills--and build on them.
  • February 23 -- Who Are Our Students? What does national data from NSSE tell us about them? Mike Kellermann (Political Science)
    For over thirty years, the Naval Academy has participated in the Higher Education Research Institute’s Freshman Survey along with hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country.  Using these survey results, this talk will discuss the experiences, opinions, and aspirations of the Class of 2021, how they compare to first-year students at other institutions, and how they differ (or not) from incoming midshipmen in prior decades.
  • February ​16 -- Writing Effective Mappers, Karyn Sproles
    W​e will look at examples of good and bad mappers and talk about how to write them so that they are useful. We will also talk about strategies for doing this efficiently.​
  • February 9 -- Fulbright Grants, Sharika Crawford & Friends
  • February 2 -- Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, Priscilla Zotti (Political Science and Senior Professor for Humanities and Social Science) & Sylvia Jordan (History).
    Journey through important places of transformation, then and now, on a virtual tour of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • January 26 at Noon in Mahan 220​ --​How to Have a Difficult Conversation, Karyn Sproles
    We will discuss guidelines for managing difficult  conversations with students and colleagues. We will look at a case study that exemplifies best practices, and we will practice a few conversations ourselves.
  • January 19​, Luce Hall Bridge Simulator (Ground Floor of Luce Hall), 1215-1315 -- Inaugural Ship's Bridge Simulator
    USNA's faculty, coaches, and staff are invited to get a ship underway, park a ship alongside a pier, drive an underway replenishment, or conduct a sea and anchor transit all within the confines of the warm and dry Luce Hall!  You are invited to participate, or simply attend.  It will most assuredly be an amazing seamanship experience with experts who will coach you through conning and steering the ship.  If you don’t want to actually give the orders to drive the ship, come along for the ​experience and to learn what your midshipmen do as they grow their professional development skills.

Pop-up Friday 2017

  • December 8: Teaching Portfolios and Teaching Philosophies--An Introduction​, Karyn Sproles
    Many people include a teaching portfolio among the materials they submit to P & T for promotion and tenure. This is a quick introduction to the elements included in Teaching Portfolios and teaching philosophies. Examples of  past Teaching Portfolios will be available.
  • Tuesday​!​, ​December 5​: Planning a Realistic Winter Break, Karyn Sproles
    This workshop is designed to create a plan for the winter break that will help make it more productive AND relaxing. Bring you calendars.
  • Dec​ember​​ ​1: Supporting Academic Leadership”, Karyn Sproles and Blues Baker (Stockdale Center​)​
    This discussion seeks to identify ways in which the Stockdale Center can best support faculty in their leadership roles at the Academy and in their disciplines.
  • November 17:  Life After USNA: A Workshop for Officers – Carol Graser (Executive Career Coach), LCDR Jack Ryan (English),Prof. Ann Vanleer (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • November 3: Positive & Powerful Presentation – A Vocal Seminar, Techniques for cultivating confident, authentic and efficient vocal habits in the workplace --Dr. Madeline Miskie D.M.A., 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. A copy of Dr. Miskie's biography can be found  here. 
    During this interactive workshop we will explore the relationship between body / breath awareness and the voice; specifically, how excess tension in various regions of the body can have a potentially negative impact on the voice. First, we will go through some light stretching and movement to loosen up some of those tension-prone areas (shoulders / neck / hips, etc.). We will then discuss the basic principles of efficient breathing techniques and healthy phonation and then put them into practice with some simple speaking exercises; highlighting the importance of pacing and volume control in presentation. The seminar will conclude with a brief Q&A. No need to wear athletic clothing to the class. Attendees are advised to bring water!​​
  • October 20: How to Run a Meeting--Karyn Sproles
    Here is a link to the templates​ from Boudett and City's  Meeting Wise:  https://docs.google.com/a/ usna.edu/document/d/1331z3MvDG 40Wf9kgAXS46gM4pD8whSAE7J5ppHX OMBw/edit?usp=sharing .  
  • October 13: One Book, Many Conversations: A Seminar on George Orwell's 1984,  Register for workshop at  https://goo.gl/forms/PNeptUCq6nWtq6MB3  (USNA login required)
    At the core of a democracy lies conversation.  The ability to talk with one another about the issues before us, and to come together and share our many perspectives, is a vital aspect of a thriving democratic society. Discussions grounded in a book can be particularly fertile for productive exchanges—giving everyone in the conversation a common point of reference for examining and articulating their ideas. Join members of the USNA community in practicing our core values as citizens and educators in a 75-minute exploration of Orwell's 1984. All who are interested, regardless of academic background, are encouraged to register. This event will be co-moderated by Dr. Joanna Bache Tobin, The Aspen Institute, and Prof. Shirley Lin, USNA Chemistry Department. A copy of Dr. Tobin's biography can be found  here.  While participants are encouraged to read the entire book, the discussion will focus upon the following sections: Signet Classics edition pp: 1-29; 69-81; 239-274; and 287-298.  More information regarding One Book, Many Conversations can be found at  manyconversations.org .
  • October 6: Flipping Your Classroom--Ric Crabbe, Computer Science
  • September 29: YP Cruise--Blues Baker--Meet at the Seawall!
  • April 25:  Planning a Realistic Summer Break  — Karyn Sproles
  • April 7:  The Science of Scientific Writing" by George Gopen & Judith Swan    — Scott Hottovy & Karyn Sproles, Discussion Leader. 
  • March 31: Can your students spot the fake news?: Collaborating with the library in support of information literacy — Catherine Johnson
  • March 24: Innovation in Technology and Teaching —  CDR Brad Baker, Professor Shirley Lin & LtCol Amy McGrath
  • March 3:  Fulbright Grants — Sharika Crawford & Brad Barrett
  • Feb. 24:  What's Sleep Got to Do with It? —  Dr. Nita Lewis Shattuck, Naval Post Graduate School
  • Feb. 17:  Integrating Writing Across the Curriculum — Wendy Madden & The Writing Center
  • Feb.10:  19 Minutes to Better Teaching —  Karyn Sproles, Christine Copper, Matt Hawks, Carolyn Judge, and Kelsy Sagstetter
  • Feb. 3:  What's New in Educational Technology: A Report from Educause — Julie Zhu
  • Jan. 27: High Velocity Learning//Naval Innovation Network — George Yacus
  • Jan. 20: How to Connect with Millennial Students — Pippa Marmorstein

Pop-up Friday 2016

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