The lessons @Chuxiong 2011

Chuxiong in May 2011 was a return visit. In 2007 we did four three hour workshops over two days, mainly oriented towards staff. This time quite different: three two hour sessions with students.  All studying to be teachers. The aim: explore some physics concepts demonstrate some teaching strategies as alternatives to teacher talk, class unison Read More …

Traditional Instruction vs “Deliberate Practice” (Part 1)

The Latest Cark Weiman study Summary: “Science” just published (May 13, 2011) a fascinating article:  Improved Learning in a Large Enrollment Physics Class, Louis Deslauriers, Ellen Schelew, and Carl Wieman Carl is a Physics Noble prize winner, now working in science education.  The article is on an experiment they did in physics education. They waited Read More …

Kathy Sierra and Thoughts on Professional Development

I have several times wondered what had happened to Kathy Sierra.  We used her blog post Crash Course in Learning Theory with several courses to try to break people out of merely parroting “Constructivism, Behavourism and usually one other” with poorly examined definitions and application. I stumbled upon this post from Gardner Campbells blog Gardner Read More …

What makes a good teacher?

A fraught question indeed!! This list from the ROTP project, used in teaching/teacher evaluation: “The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) was developed as an observation instrument to provide a standardized means for detecting the degree to which K-20 classroom instruction in mathematics or science is reformed per the national science and mathematics standards.” The instructional Read More …

Facilitatior or Teacher?? (Part One)

The debate still unresolved. Probably won’t ever be. From Leigh: As I teach and facilitate various online courses this year, a lot of the theories and concepts I subscribe to are getting some hard testing. The biggest challenge I am finding is the expectation for a teacher or instructor while everyone talks about a facilitator. Read More …