The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder trains undergraduates -- and by extension professors -- in better teaching techniques. It's affecting science learning from kindergarten through college.
It's easy for parents to feel overwhelmed by the many strands of advice about how to raise confident learners. But perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind is that kids are soaking it all up, the bad and the good.
It's easy to get swept up in Chris Emdin's passion for hip hop, for learning, for science, for the success of each and every one of his students. It's this passion he brings to his work, the work he says can "change the world."
This short and powerful video describes all the many reasons we crave sugar. It’s not only a great video to show science students (though older ones — drugs are mentioned too), it’s a fascinating look into how our bodies work for anyone who’s interested.
Most classrooms follow a prescribed formula. Teachers plan and lay out what is going to be learned. Students come into class and have the responsibility of switching themselves into “ready” mode, waiting for the teacher to instruct and guide them in the day’s tasks. Surely there are parts of the learning process where the control could be shifted to the students – where teachers can hand them responsibility and freedom and give them a voice in what they would learn.
Women and African-Americans are underrepresented among science and engineering graduate students. The Bridge Program, a collaboration between Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, is working on changing this. And other programs are learning from its approach.
In a new poll, many parents said they're worried that schools aren't adequately preparing students for a changing workforce. And too much emphasis on memorizing facts in the classroom, both parents and kids say, is keeping young people from getting excited about science and technology careers.