Inner Tracking: A Reflective Practice for Holistic Learning in Tumultuous Times


Inner Tracking: A Reflective Practice for Holistic Learning in Tumultuous Times

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Date and time: Friday, February 23 at 12 PM Central / 1 PM Eastern

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“Inner Tracking” is a guided, written reflective practice that follows the spiral movement of the Work that Reconnects from gratitude, to honoring pain, to perceiving anew, to going forth. The central question is: “How is your learning affecting you as a person?

This practice can help students get in touch with how they are feeling about their learning and the learning process and with what they want to carry forward. The practice honors the reality that students’ relationship to their learning goes beyond intellectual understanding of abstract content. As such, this practice has tremendous potential to support student success, as it can help them find relevance and meaning in their academic work, especially in courses that address difficult problems, such as climate disruption and biodiversity loss.

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David Voelker is the Frankenthal Family Professor of Humanities and History at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He co-directed the statewide Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program for the University of Wisconsin System from 2013 to 2019 and has led teaching workshops at the UW System Faculty College and on several UW campuses. He has published numerous book chapters, articles, and essays on teaching and learning, and he co-edited Big Picture Pedagogy: Finding Interdisciplinary Solutions to Common Learning Problems (Jossey Bass, 2017) with Regan A. R. Gurung. He currently co-facilitates the Sustainability Community of Practice for instructors at UWGB. His own teaching practice is informed by Non-Violent Communication (NVC), the Work that Reconnects, and long-term collaboration with his colleagues in First Nations Studies. He shares the Inner Tracking practice on his website.

This webinar is funded by ee360+ (a consortium of 27 partners led by the North American Association for Environmental Education and funded by the US EPA).