Thursday, September 30, 2010

Schedule for Fall 2010

Thanks for a great organizational meeting last Monday. Here's the schedule as it stands, we'll be updating it in the weeks to come.
9/27 Introduction, goals, and schedule-making
10/4 Basics: learning myths and theories
10/11 Teaching good writing (Tori and Tova)
10/18 Reflecting on your teaching (Cassandra, Karolyn)
10/25 Peer instruction
11/1 Engaging the class (Jeff)
11/8 Discussion with Scott Dawson: teaching to teach, experiences from MIC396
11/15 Assessment (Lisa, Fitz, Katie)
11/22 Write-in: statement of teaching philosophy
11/29 Teaching how to be creative, with Mikaela Huntzinger
12/6 social!
A couple other topics were discussed that we don't yet have a date for:
  • Learning styles: are they real?
  • Diversity: how to make class content culturally-relevant, how to valorize under-represented groups
  • Experimental teaching: what really radical experiments are out there?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Follow up on: "Something to Tweet About"

A few weeks ago Mara led a discussion on the role of social media in the classroom. Here's an example of how some teachers use facebook, in their classrooms and out. It's really short, Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Learning styles paradigm smashed?

Psychologists Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert Bjork reviewed scientific evidence on learning styles, and...

"Our review of the literature disclosed ample evidence that children and adults will, if asked, express preferences about how they prefer information to be presented to them. There is also plentiful evidence arguing that people differ in the degree to which they have some fairly specific aptitudes for different kinds of thinking and for processing different types of information. However, we found virtually no evidence for the interaction pattern mentioned above..."

Monday, September 6, 2010

Short interesting article on study techniques

I just read a short New York Times article about study techniques and assessment. It essentially says that varying these two things with strengthen understanding and retention of material. Check it out here if you are interested!