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I started my teaching career in Surry County, Virginia, teaching high school sciences. I have been at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for six years. These days, I split my time between teaching sciences (Chemistry and Environmental Science) and administrative responsibilities. I hope to start working more with undergraduate researchers.
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Teaching the Nature of Science
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Wed, Nov 18, 2020 10:39 AM in 1st year Student Research
I read the following article in the most recent JCST issue.
https://www.nsta.org/journal-college-science-teaching/journa...20/student " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Student-Driven Research in the First Year: Building Science Skills and Creating Community
I think the authors did a strong job scaffolding the research experience for students through three distinct co...
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Mon, Nov 09, 2020 2:52 PM in Best Ways to Assess Student Remotely
I use a "Chemistry in the Real World" activity for my students. It really is a DIY experience. Some deliverables students have crafted include videos, podcasts, and infographics. It is much more fun to grade than reading 35 reports! In the era of paper mills, I love the uniqueness and creativity of alternative assessments! In mine, students are required to make connections to the course...
Mon, Nov 09, 2020 2:48 PM in General Chemistry Online Professional Development
Asynchronous opportunities are always appreciated to allow flexible engagement!
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Tue, Mar 24, 2020 10:24 AM Formative Assessment in STEM
The authors present a unique approach to collecting information about formative assessment by using a trained undergraduate student as a "learning researcher". This person makes observations and asks exploratory questions in order to provide the instructor with a daily report from the front lines of learning tasks. This study states benefits to both instructors and the learning researchers.
Overall, this is an interesting approach to evaluating one's teaching as well as student learning ahead of a deliverable or major assessment.
Tue, Mar 24, 2020 10:17 AM Explanatory Thinking with Mobile Devices
This article provides a great overview of explanatory thinking, including student work using this pedagogical approach (Figure 1). The reported student perspectives and the student model development are compelling. It would have been interesting to see if there was a correlation between some of the student perspectives, though. For example, I am curious if there was a correlation between Question 3 and Question 4 responses (see Figure 4). Overall, strong article on combining a constructivist approach with mobile learning to enhance student motivation and learning.
Point of View: Confusing Science Vocabulary: When Negative Is Positive!
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 11:58 AM Science Vocabulary
This is a great piece that explains how students can struggle with words that have one meaning in science but another in other disciplines or their personal life. One I see my students struggle with is the idea of a theory - which has a specific meaning in science but is more equivalent to a hypothesis in lay uses I tend to come across.
This piece has encouraged me to do some self-reflecting to see how I can improve the vocabulary in my chemistry and environmental science classes to avoid confusion.
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