Teaching Scholar Activities

Information for 2000-2001 Teaching Scholars

Teaching Scholar Activities

Spring 2000

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[Important Dates for STEMTEC Colleges, Spring 2000]

As part of your scholarship agreement, you have agreed to participate in at least three Teaching Scholar Activities during the 1999-2000 school year. Let me know if you are interested in sponsoring additional events on your campus.  I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events. Friends and colleagues interested in teaching are welcome to attend as space permits.

Teaching Scholar Socials

What inspired you to consider teaching as a career? Was it an experience you had as a student, or maybe one where you were the teacher?

Bring to the meeting a story that illustrates the kind of teaching you think is the most effective and represents the type of teacher you want to be. Feel free to bring along artifacts such as photos, activity plans, or other things that are part of the story.

In addition, a variety of handouts and journal articles on ideas and methods of teaching will be available to add to your collection.

Please RSVP at least two days before the meeting so that I can order food and drinks. If you need to park on any of the campuses, please give me as much notice as possible so that I can forward you parking information and a parking pass if necessary.


Food (probably pizza) and drinks will be served.

Monday, February 14

Hampshire College

Faculty Lounge

12:00-1:30 pm

Wednesday, February 16

University of Massachusetts

Lederle, 10th floor lounge


Wednesday, March 8

Mount Holyoke College

215 Blanchard Student Center


Educator Workshops

Pre-registration with STEMTEC (Johanna) is necessary for the following educator workshops.


Take Flight with NASA Educational Materials!

WGBY Center for Instructional Technologies, Springfield, MA

Thursday, March 2, 2000

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: WGBY, Springfield, MA


Discover how to integrate NASA's "Liftoff to Learning" video series with

hands-on activities, NASA software and the national standards.  Jan Kibbe and Bev Liberty, two local K12 teachers, will lead fun, hands-on activities that demonstrate the principles of flight and Newton's Laws of Motion and then show how the activities relate to videos you can borrow from WGBY and CD-ROMS that NASA distributes extremely inexpensively.  This workshop will conclude with a tour of all of the resources at the WGBY Center for Instructional Technologies, and information on how to access them (for a preview, check out their website at www.wgby.org/edu/cit).  Don’t miss this opportunity to use NASA curriculum materials as well as to explore ways to integrate technology into the curriculum. This workshop will focus at the middle school level, but can be applied at all levels.

Space is limited; please RSVP by February 24th to reserve your spot at this workshop. I can arrange for vans from particular campuses to help with transportation. I can also coordinate carpooling. 

Science as Inquiry

Saturday, March 25, 2000

1:00 - 3:30 pm

Location: Hitchcock Center, Amherst, MA

Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world in a way that leads to asking questions and making discoveries in the search for new understandings. During this workshop, you will raise your own questions and plan and carry out investigations. As you experience the inquiry approach yourself, you will begin to reexamine the relationship between the teacher and the learner.  This workshop will focus at the middle school level, but can be applied at all levels. Taught by Hitchcock Educator Mickey McKinley.

Space is limited; please RSVP by March 17, 1999. The Hitchcock Center on Route 116 in Amherst is accessible by bus.

The REAL Jurassic Park!

Saturday, April 8, 2000

1:30 – 4:30 pm (please be flexible with return time)

Meets at the University of Massachusetts; van travel and some walking to locations around the valley

The Connecticut Valley is the real Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs roamed amid lush tropical vegetation along the shores of lakes teeming with fish. Rising up from the lowlands were majestic volcanoes, that periodically belched lava across the landscape. We will visit these scenes in a walk through time near Mount Tom, and finish with an overview of our area buried under the ice of glaciers in more recent times. Led by Richard Yuretich, professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts.

Space is limited; please RSVP by March 24.

Tree Canopy Walk

Saturday, April 29, 2000

1:30 - 4:00 pm

Location: Hampshire College, Amherst, MA


We will use climbing equipment to safely access and explore the tree canopy walkway at Hampshire College. This walkway spans between trees at a height of about 70 feet. On the ground, we will discuss research being done at the walkway and potential K12 classroom applications. Led by Brian Schultz, Hampshire College professor of ecology and entomology.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by April 14th.

Unless you are able to RSVP early, please do not rely on this event to fulfill your final event requirement, as space is limited.


Please note that out of the three required activities, one can be a STEM talk.  If you choose to use one of these talks to fulfill a requirement, you will need to submit to us a short paragraph reflecting on how you can apply what you have learned to your teaching.


STEM talks

1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00pm

These talks are sponsored by our “parent” organization, the STEM Institute.  All talks are held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hasbrouck Lab Room 138 unless otherwise noted. Parking in the Campus Center Garage is recommended. Topics are subject to change, please check the STEM Institute website for updated information and descriptions


No pre-registration is necessary for the STEM talks. All are welcome to attend.




Bridging Disciplines Through Technology, Larry Bangs

February 1, 2000


Education, Design, and Implementation of an Online Professional Development Community: A Project-Based Learning Approach, Tom Keeting

February 15, 2000


Distance Learning: Where is it “Growing?” What are its Implications for Teaching?, Steve Levey

March 7, 2000


At-Risk High School Students and Science as Part of an Interdisciplinary Project: A Success Story, Paul Jablon

March 21, 2000


STEMTEC: Success Stories and Innovations from a K-16 Education Collaborative, STEMTEC principal investigators

April 4, 2000


Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics with Hand-held Technology, Edward Connors

April 18, 2000


Topic to be announced.

May 2, 2000


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