Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching II

Washington DC Urban FIRST II Meeting

17-18 October 2003

Agenda

17 October  

1200

Welcome, Introductions, and Outline of Schedule & Goals

Registration and Distribution of Materials

Welcome - Middendorf

Individual introductions [use of folders, organize cooperative groups, collecting material]

Schedule & Goals - Poston [carousel re goals: learning, strategies, assessment; Bloom's taxonomy]

1300

Introduction to FIRST and FIRST II - Ebert-May

What do we want our students to know and be able to do

How do we know if we are meeting these goals?

1330

How to measure learning

Measurement in an active learning context

Formative vs. summative

Establish learning goals [selection of a course to work on]

Tied to assessment & evaluation

Techniques: rubrics, concept maps, etc

1530

Break

1600

Group discussion [not by team] of where they are, where want to be, etc.

Group presentation of experiences re difficulties and solutions [carousel]

1630

Hindrances to teaching goals

Group identification and ranking via carousel

Discussion of recognized issues and solutions

1700

Assessment by participants followed by break

Leader meeting re adjustments

1730

Dinner at Capital Bleu (hotel)

18 October  

0845

Meet at HU

0900

Cross-town walk (weather permitting) - "community" exercises

GA Ave along T St to ~16th St - focused walk [data sheets]

Return - unstructured walk [group decides]

1200

Lunch at HU (box lunches)

1300

Group presentations of walk results

1400

"Teaching in the field:" an introduction to active learning, cooperative learning, & inquiry-based teaching

Techniques - jigsaw, thin-pair-share, talk-to-your-neighbor, etc

Example - "walk the talk" with either a think-pair-share or jigsaw exercise

1515

Break

1530

Teaching in an urban environment

Field vs campus, community & classroom

Ideas on posters [carousel]

1700

Evaluation