COFFEE CHAT: Creative Ways to Engage Students and Check Understanding (Tuesday, February 9)
Dr. Gillian Roehrig, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Science Education at the University of Minnesota, will demonstrate several novel ways to engage students, including Concept Mapping, Photo-Elicitation Interviews (PEI’s), and the use of Socio-scientific Issues (SSI’s). The conversation will include a focus on interdisciplinary topics in a STEM context.
This event is being partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women & Minority Lecture/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. and is jointly sponsored by the Department of Cognitive Learning Sciences and the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning. Refreshments will be provided for those who register by Monday, February 8. All faculty and instructional staff are encouraged to attend.
DOUBLE HEADER COFFEE CHAT (Thursday, February 11). The two events are described below:
#1 From 2-3pm — Body Language in the Classroom: Allie Irwin, a 1989 Michigan Tech alumna in Mechanical Engineering and a certified Science of People consultant, will lead an interactive presentation to help us learn what a student’s body language tells us and how an instructor’s body language affects classroom interactions, student evaluation scores, and learning. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, February 8th. Click here to register.
#2 From 3:30-4:30pm — Impact of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): The MI-STAR grant, led through Michigan Tech, is on the cutting edge of a nation-wide revolution in how Middle School science is taught. Come learn about the structure of the standards, how middle school teaching will change, and how Michigan Tech will have to adapt for students and classrooms with a very different mindset about STEM education. Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Monday, February 8th.Click here to register.
MORNING COFFEE CHAT: Teamwork and Diversity (Friday, February 19)
Many of us assign group projects in our classes, but far fewer of us feel comfortable helping students navigate the complex interpersonal dynamics of those groups. How do we keep them on task? What do we do when conflicts arise? How do we help them respect & value diversity? Refreshments will be provided to those who register by Wednesday, February 17th.Click here to register.
At this event, Marie Paretti, Associate Professor of Engineering Education and co-director of the Engineering Communications Center at Virginia Tech, will lead an informal discussion on these issues. She will draw on her own research — on communication and collaboration, design education, and identity (race, gender, class, etc.) in engineering — and that of others to share practical strategies for helping students develop and thrive in team environments.
TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS – Click below for additional information and registration.