Journal Club Fall 2015 Week 4

This week we will continue to focus on science literacy.  Please be sure to read the appendix.

Allchin, D. (2011). Evaluating knowledge of the nature of (whole) science.Science Education95(3), 518-542.

For your convenience, we offer two weekly meetings for you to choose from:

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm (feel free to bring your lunch!)

All sessions will be held in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building).

Hope to see you there.

Elly and Julie

Midterm Assessment of Teaching

This is Week 4 of the term, and a great time to plan a midterm assessment of how things are going in your class. TEP recommends asking students two simple questions, and perhaps a few others to address issues specific to your course. Consider asking these questions with an online survey (e.g. through Canvas):

– What’s working well in the course and helping you learn?
– What constructive suggestions do you have for improving the course?

Once students have completed the survey, thank them and talk about the results in class, even if you won’t be implementing any of their suggestions! This makes the students realize that you actually care what they think (and predisposes them to evaluate you favorably in the future). The conversation also makes it more likely that you will follow through on any planned changes. For details on how to implement the survey in Canvas, please see the TEP website Midterm Feedback page.

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