READING SEMINAR

Reading seminars unite small groups of honors students in scholarly discussions about text. These flexible classes are proposed and led by trained Honors Peer Educators, so every semester brings new topics. Use your reading seminar as incentive to explore a new topic or dig deep into something you have always loved. All reading seminars emphasize active, collaborative, discussion-based learning, meaning participants play an important role in the direction of the class.

BEING A PEER EDUCATOR

  • + Program Description

    Small discussion-based classes in which honors students read about and explore topics of interest; practice critical reading, thinking, and communication skills; and build community with other honors students. Students typically read three book-length works and supplementary materials, and they each complete a Context Presentation and Discussion Starter. (1H, 1C), P/F, Fall and Spring semesters.

  • + Position Description

    Peer educators select the course topic and materials, create the reading schedule, facilitate weekly class discussions and activities, and recommend course grades.

  • + Practicum

    UH 4xxx Honors Peer Education Practicum is taken during the semester(s) while teaching. This Practicum emphasizes discussion-based teaching; active, collaborative learning; reflection; development of personal teaching strengths; and honors students’ characteristics and needs. 1H, 2C; P/F.

  • + Time Commitment

    • Some pre-experience training
    • Weekly 50-minute Reading Seminar
    • Six meetings of the 75-minute Practicum
    • Homework
    • Weekly course preparation
    • Minimal grading
  • + Selection Criteria

    The most successful peer educators are honors students who can be approachable, reliable role models and mentors with strong communication, listening, and interpersonal skills; strong organization and time management skills; experience in peer leadership; a strong academic record; and adaptability, empathy, and patience. Students should propose a rich, valuable topic supported with high-quality reading material. Students should prepare critical, scholarly, enthusiastic approaches to the material. Sophomore standing or higher required.

MEET THE PEER EDUCATORS // Spring 2018

Sam Cornwell

Samuel Giacinto

Whitney Gilliland

Kate Hardin

Timothy Miles

Hannah Ridings

Katie Rizzolo

Annmarie Taheny

Emily Wills

Michael Wills

Morgan Wood

MEET THE PEER EDUCATORS // Fall 2017

Sam Cornwell

Kate Hardin

Sara Hardy

Samantha Hart

Paul Heilker

Briana Hila

Tina Malhotra

Julie Mohl

Annmarie Taheny

Virginia Tech Honors College, MC 0427

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Blacksburg, VA 24061

 

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