"Reflections from the field" seeks to build a community of educators who believe deeply in their students' ability to drive their own learning. Sharing her experiences over twenty years in a small liberal arts college (for good and for not so good) and how these experiences led to a series of practices that energized and transformed her teaching, creator Beth Benedix invites group members into a conversation about what learning really means, how we create a culture that places students' lived experiences at the center, and why we should all be having more FUN in the classroom overall.
Beth Benedix is a Professor of World Literature, Religious Studies, and Community Engagement at DePauw University. She is the author of several books, most recently Ghost Writer (A Story About Telling a Holocaust Story) (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), named a finalist for the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards in the category of writing (nonfiction), and a contributor of chapters, articles, introductions and reviews to a variety of collections and journals. She is Founder and Director of The Castle, a non-profit organization that provides integrated-arts and project-based workshops in Putnam County, Indiana, public schools and CEO of TransformEdu, which works with college educators to develop holistic, intentional and collaborative teaching practices.