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The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms – Edudemic February 25, 2014

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The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms – Edudemic.

This starts with an infographic, but keep scrolling! There are many links to other resources and studies. If you’re not convinced it’s worth it, or you’re looking for more information, this is a good starting point.

Seven Characteristics of Good Learners | Faculty Focus January 22, 2014

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Seven Characteristics of Good Learners | Faculty Focus.

I’ve seen lots of lists that identify the characteristics of good teachers. I haven’t seen many corresponding lists that identify the characteristics of good learners. “

If you’re trying to make your classroom learner centered, it’s probably a good idea to figure out what makes a good learner, and what you can do to nurture those traits.  Maryellen Weimer’s list looks like an awfully good starting point for figuring out what makes a good learner.

Now to figure out how to encourage those traits in  board, discouraged, frustrated, or distracted students…

Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this? | Michigan Radio January 10, 2014

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Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this? | Michigan Radio.

3 UM faculty members discuss the STEM gender gap, some of the reasons behind it, and some of the first steps being taken toward decreasing it.

With departments under threat for few majors, physicists say value isnt reflected in numbers | Inside Higher Ed October 16, 2013

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With departments under threat for few majors, physicists say value isnt reflected in numbers | Inside Higher Ed.

 

If you needed an argument for why learner centered science education is important, this is it. Universities, (yes, universities) are closing physics departments due to low numbers of majors. So, how do physics departments ensure they have enough majors to stay open?

According to Carl Weiman, the SPIN-UP study he worked on showed that successful departments have faculty who take personal responsibility for recruiting and mentoring majors, and “use engaging teaching methods that inspire students to continue on to upper-level courses”.

So flip that boring old lecture you had planned! It might just save your job!

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