Information for 2000-2001 Teaching Scholars
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
Wednesday, February 16
University of Massachusetts
Lederle, 10th floor lounge
Wednesday, March 8
Mount Holyoke College
215 Blanchard Student Center
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.
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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