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05/16/11
Interactive Teaching. For workshops and chemistry and engineering disciplines
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:54 pm

Can’t tell you how pleased I was and how much I
learned attending the MIT-150 open house a couple
of weeks ago.  In one of the memorable sessions,
Janet Rankin led a discussion - demonstration of
guiding principles for interactive teaching methods
that are particularly appropriate for workshops and
educating in science and engineering disciplines.

Highlights that stuck with me:

- best learning time are the first few minutes of a class
or after a break - people are fresh [limit the long,
straight lecture segments.  Include more frequent,
short breaks]

- “mud cards” - use as a device to assess what students
did not understand or need more follow-up or want
more follow up from a class
   = device:  “your ticket to leave the room” - must
submit a mud card or you can’t leave the classroom

- interaction with class mates
    = increases the number of effective instructors in
the room and
    = decreases the amount of student down-time/
passive role/day dream time during the class

- when you seek student feedback, think about the
words you use and the processing time
   = “what questions do you have?” and wait 30
seconds, a full 30 seconds.  Give students a chance
to process the question and formulate.

She also
- gave practical examples of effective use of
clickers [can’t briefly put actions, process and
intuition into words.]
-  shared great references for interactive teaching
web-sites for classes and workshops
Trinity college reference page
MIT TLL program
Tewksbury and Macdonald Teaching Strategies
Rich Felder Interactive learning, video
Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning

Several of these links are suggested for those
wishing to adopt the latest educational methods
for their classes [HINT:  teaching philosophies].

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