The next STEM Teaching Essentials workshop will be:
Developing Models in an Introductory Cell and Molecular Biology Course: Using D2L to Support Group Work, Assessment, and Feedback in a Large Enrollment Course presented by Jon Stoltzfus, BioSci Program Director, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Terri McElhinny, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Director, Integrative Biology. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:15 and the workshop will start at 11:30.
The Lansing Center (333 E Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48933)
The 65th annual Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference will be held on March 2-3. To register for the conference, click here. For more information, visit the website here, and check out the links below for additional details.
On Friday, March 2, from 1:00-3:30pm, there will be a practice session for NARST. Those interested can practice either their paper or poster presentations. All are welcome to attend, including those who are interested but are not attending NARST this year! This is a great way to see what research is happening and the structure of NARST presentations.
Dr. Jennifer Langer-Osuna, an assistant professor at Stanford University, will be on campus from Feb. 27 - Feb. 28. During her time here, she will be giving a talk at 1:45 pm on Feb. 28. See the details below.
Title: Teaching Teachers Making For Learning
Abstract: Working with classroom teachers requires both an evidence-based understanding of learning and a practical perspective on the realities of standards-based instruction in the era of accountability. If teachers are expected to develop as professionals, they require meaningful and digestible scaffolds that support their development both as content experts and conceptual thinkers. With teacher burn-out at record levels, developing supports for teachers becomes ever more important.
The presentation, called Shifting your small class strategies to big class contexts: Tips for making big classes seem small(er), will be given by Tammy Long. The workshop will be from 11:15 - 1:00 in 1400 Biomedical and Physical Sciences. Lunch will be provided.
Abstract: Too often, instructors reserve their most innovative and effective teaching strategies for classes that reach the smallest numbers of students. While large classes do pose constraints – some real, many perceived – we need not retreat from engaging discussions, skills-based assessments, and curiosity-driven inquiry just because we’re confronted with more than 20 students.
We are postponing the Mini-Conference scheduled on February 9th due to inclement weather. Please watch for a rescheduled date.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Mitchell J. Nathan, from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, as our conference speaker. Dr. Nathan is a Professor of Learning Sciences in the Educational Psychology Dept., Director of the Center on Education and Work, and Director of the IES Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Mathematical Thinking, Learning, and Instruction. His research is largely rooted in cognitive, embodied, and social perspectives on learning and instruction in STEM fields.