Welcome to my Classroom

09_welcome05_340Starting in 2012 “Welcome to my Classroom” became a permanent part of the annual STLHE conference program and each year the Conference organizers and the 3M Council Executive Committee reserve three sessions in that year’s program and we invite all 3M National Teaching and Leadership Fellows to submit a proposal for one  of these three spots. (Use this link to see past “Welcome to my classroom” sessions.)

“Welcome to my classroom” is scheduled as an interactive session in the conference program and showcases the teaching of 3M National Teaching and Learning Fellows. Presenters give a sample interactive class suitable for first-year students or a general audience. The 50 minute sessions would generally consist of two components: a presentation of a teaching moment, innovation or style, and a discussion of the pedagogy behind the presentation. The second part is intended as a forum for the audience to ask questions and relate the enacted elements to their own teaching experiences. We will select three proposals in an attempt to create a balance of styles and subjects.

When you submit your proposal:

  • Please consider the conference theme in your proposal;
  • Follow and respect the submission dates and guidelines as outlined on the conference web site in the call for proposals; and
  • Start the title of your proposal with “Welcome to my classroom” followed by the remainder of your title. This will allow the program organizers to correctly identify the submissions for this part of the program.

The conference program committee will ensure that submissions meet the program requirements and will forward them to the 3M “Welcome” sessions working group who then will select three for the program. Those not chosen for the special session will have the Welcome to my Classroom prefix of the title removed and will be considered with the other submissions to the conference.


STLHE 2017

  • Mike Atkinson – Welcome to My Classroom: Student Engagement in a First-Year Gateway Course
  • Pat Maher – Welcome to My Classroom – Building Community in the Classroom
  • Adam Sarty – Welcome to My Classroom: A Mandatory intro Physics course you don’t really want to take, and that you think you’ve already mastered in High School
  • Ron Sheese – Welcome to My Classroom: This hour has seven days: A typical week in the life of my Ed Psych students

STLHE 2016

STLHE 2014

STLHE 2013

  • Robert Lapp – Welcome to My Classroom: Welcome to ENGL 2301, Literacy Periods, 1800-Present: ‘Nature in Four times’
  • Shannon Murray – Welcome to My Classroom: Why Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Matters
  • Glen Loppnow – Welcome to My Classroom: Student’s Welcome to my Class, Scientists Welcome to the World.

STLHE 2012

  • B. Singh – Welcome to My Classroom: The Opening Act in Anatomy 101
  • S. Friedman – Welcome to My Classroom: The one with the most votes wins? : Get ready for the 2012 American presidential elections 
  • A. Thompson – Welcome to My Classroom: Why do we expect so little of some students and so much of others? Learn about the Teacher Expectancy Model and how to interact with students for their success, not yours!
  • R. Moore – Welcome to My Classroom: Breaking down barriers and extending borders: The first hour of a creative writing workshop.”
  • A. Fancy – Welcome to My Classroom: The teacher-in-the-head / La voix intérieure