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Accounting for tutorial teaching assistants’ buy-in to reform instruction
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Accounting for tutorial teaching assistants’ buy-in to reform instruction

Successful implementation of tutorials includes establishing norms for learning in the tutorial ... (more)

Successful implementation of tutorials includes establishing norms for learning in the tutorial classroom. The teaching assistants (TAs) who lead each tutorial section are important arbiters of these norms. TAs who value (buy into) tutorials are more likely to convey their respect for the material and the tutorial process to the students, as well as learning more themselves. We present a case study of a TA who does not buy into certain aspects of the tutorials he teaches and demonstrate how his lack of buy-in affects specific classroom interactions. We would hope to design professional development programs to help TAs appreciate the power of tutorial instruction. However, our research suggests that the typical professional development activities offered to tutorial TAs are not likely to be effective. Instead, it appears that what we call the “social and environmental context” of the tutorials—including classroom, departmental, and institutional levels of implementation—has the potential to strongly affect TA buy-in to tutorials and probably outweighs the influence of any particular activity that we might prepare for them. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Andrew Elby
Rachel E. Scherr
Renee Michelle Goertzen
Achieve the Core
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Achieve the Core

This webpage provides free resources to educators wanting to know more about ... (more)

This webpage provides free resources to educators wanting to know more about the CCSS standards for reading and mathematics. The resources fall under 3 categories "Steal these Tools" (lessons and activities that can be implemented in your classroom), "You've got to read this" (research, articles, and webpages for professional development), and "By teachers for teachers" (information about teachers making contributions to the field of education). (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Action Learning, Action Research: Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning
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Action Learning, Action Research: Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning

This book explains in depth what action learning and action research are, ... (more)

This book explains in depth what action learning and action research are, looking at the characteristics of the two, and explaining why they provide a suitable means for enhancing teaching quality. The mechanisms for applying action research are explained. Included are guidelines for conducting observation and evaluation as well as other techniques that have been found useful. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
David Kember
Action Plan: University of Illinois Urbana-­Champaign
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Action Plan: University of Illinois Urbana-­Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-­Champaign's action plan to strengthen its physics program, developed ... (more)

University of Illinois Urbana-­Champaign's action plan to strengthen its physics program, developed at the June 10-12, 2012 workshop on Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kevin Pitts
Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics
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Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics

This 440-page report explores how students in pre-K through grade 8 learn ... (more)

This 440-page report explores how students in pre-K through grade 8 learn mathematics, with a focus on number and operations, and recommends how teaching, curricula, and teacher education should change to improve mathematics learning. (A 39-page summary, Helping Children Learn Mathematics, is catalogued separately.) The authors identify five interdependent components of mathematical proficiency and describe how students develop this proficiency. The report presents a portrait of mathematics learning: research findings on what children know about numbers before they arrive in pre-K and the implications for instruction; details on the processes by which students acquire mathematical proficiency; what is known from research about teaching for mathematics proficiency and developing proficiency in teaching. Visitors to this website may read the full text online, download a copy (pdf), or purchase a hard copy. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Computing and Information
Engineering
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Author:
Jeremy Kilpatrick, Jane Swafford, Bradford Findell
Mathematics Learning Study Committee, National Research Council
Addressing Cultural Caveats: Tips for Mentoring Underrepresented Groups
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Addressing Cultural Caveats: Tips for Mentoring Underrepresented Groups

This article from The Scientist provides advice on how to successfully mentor ... (more)

This article from The Scientist provides advice on how to successfully mentor minority students. (less)

Subject:
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Katherine Bagley (The Scientist)
Addressing the Teacher Qualification Gap: Exploring the Use and Efficacy of Incentives to Reward Teachers for Tough Assignments
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Addressing the Teacher Qualification Gap: Exploring the Use and Efficacy of Incentives to Reward Teachers for Tough Assignments

This paper explores the policy options that might be used to address ... (more)

This paper explores the policy options that might be used to address the distribution of teachers across students. The first section discusses findings on teacher preferences, the dynamics of the teacher labor market, and whether we should care about the resulting distribution of teachers across students. The next section focuses on the magnitude of teacher inequity, followed by an exploration of how inequities develop and a discussion of what we know about the various policy options designed to address teacher inequities. Based on this information, the final section focuses on the politics of reform and makes policy recommendations for addressing the teacher qualification gap. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Dan Goldhaber
Administrating Science
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Administrating Science

This article from The Scientist describes how to take on administrative roles ... (more)

This article from The Scientist describes how to take on administrative roles while still running a successful and productive lab. (less)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Lauren Urban (The Scientist)
Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering
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Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering

This guide offers helpful advice on how teachers, administrators, and career advisers ... (more)

This guide offers helpful advice on how teachers, administrators, and career advisers in science and engineering can become better mentors to their students. It starts with the premise that a successful mentor guides students in a variety of ways: by helping them get the most from their educational experience, by introducing them to and making them comfortable with a specific disciplinary culture, and by offering assistance with the search for suitable employment. Other topics covered in the guide include career planning, time management, writing development, and responsible scientific conduct. Also included is a valuable list of bibliographical and Internet resources on mentoring and related topics. (less)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Readings
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Institute of Medicine (Institute of Medicine)
NAE (National Academy of Engineering)
NAS (National Academy of Sciences)
Algebra
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Algebra

InterMath is a professional development effort designed to support teachers in becoming ... (more)

InterMath is a professional development effort designed to support teachers in becoming better mathematics educators. It focuses on building teachers' mathematical content knowledge through mathematical investigations that are supported by technology. InterMath includes a workshop component and materials to support instructors. For each of the following problems, consider how you would pose the same problem to your students. Would the wording need to change? Would you need to include more pictures? More detailed pictures? But remember we don't want to do TOO MUCH for the student. If we provide too much information, they will not need to think about what the question is asking. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
University of Georgia
Provider Set:
University of Georgia
All About Grants Podcast
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All About Grants Podcast

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents conversations with NIH staff members. ... (more)

The Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents conversations with NIH staff members. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others, we provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. In mp3 and updated monthly. (less)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Audio Lectures
Instructional Material
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
All About Numbers
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All About Numbers

In this 14-min video British teacher Rosalind Caren demonstrates group activities designed ... (more)

In this 14-min video British teacher Rosalind Caren demonstrates group activities designed to develop number sense, fluency with addition and subtraction fact families, and reasoning skills. Caren exhibits effective questioning techniques and routines. Headteacher/math coordinator Kate Frood describes the guiding principles and expectations of teaching at the school. Following a class observation Frood provides constructive feedback to Caren and her teaching assistants. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Life Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
All About Project Management
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All About Project Management

This guide provides information on the foundations of project management and doing ... (more)

This guide provides information on the foundations of project management and doing project management, as well as a list of general resources. (less)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Alicia Trelles-Duckett (LuminaPM)
American Physical Society Forum on Education Summer 2011 Newsletter
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American Physical Society Forum on Education Summer 2011 Newsletter

The APS Forum on Education Summer 2011 Newsletter contains a variety of ... (more)

The APS Forum on Education Summer 2011 Newsletter contains a variety of articles covering important matters in education. Key articles include: A State-by-State Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI): Grading States on Their K-12 Preparation of Future Scientists and Engineers, Physics Careers Resources, and OSP Tools and the ComPADRE OSP COLLECTION. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
American Physical Society
Nic Rady
Americas History in the Making
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Americas History in the Making

This course for middle and high school teachers uses video, online text, ... (more)

This course for middle and high school teachers uses video, online text, classroom activities, and Web-based activities to explore American history from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction. The video programs are divided into three segments: Historical Perspectives, an overview of the historical era; Faces of America, in which biographies of individuals illustrate larger events; and Hands-on History, a behind-the-scenes look at how history is studied, documented, and presented. Additional units introduce methods to strengthen teachers' knowledge of American history, while reviewing content. The online text, facilitator guide, and Web site supplement the video content. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
Provider Set:
Annenberg Learner
Analysis of Learning Assistants’ Views of Teaching and Learning
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Analysis of Learning Assistants’ Views of Teaching and Learning

For several years the University of Colorado has been using undergraduate Learning ... (more)

For several years the University of Colorado has been using undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) in their introductory science and math courses. While the LAs have teaching duties very similar to graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs), first year LAs are also required to take an education course focused on teaching methods. The purpose of this course is to first help LAs improve their teaching in the university classrooms and to encourage some of the LAs to consider careers as K-12 science teachers. Throughout the semester LAs are asked to reflect on their learning about teaching and on the applications of these concepts to their current teaching experience. This paper will present an analysis of this learning experience from the perspective of the LAs. The paper will also present how LAs evolve as teachers and as learners throughout this experience. (less)

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kara E. Gray
Valerie K. Otero
Annenberg Media: Teachers' Lab
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Annenberg Media: Teachers' Lab

This small collection from Learner.org provides a unique digital lab for teachers ... (more)

This small collection from Learner.org provides a unique digital lab for teachers to explore new ideas in learning. The activities are designed around four strands: patterns in mathematics, seasonal changes and moon phases, geometry, and the nature of light. Each section features interactive exercises to challenge teachers' thinking about logic, pattern recognition, shape and structure, symbolic relationships, and mathematical reasoning. The authors then delve into the learning theory behind the activities and how it can be extended to learners of different ages and abilities. Each module provides links to hands-on activities for the classroom. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Education
Material Type:
Data
Full Course
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Arabic K12 Teachers Network
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Arabic K12 Teachers Network

This site provides support, training, and materials for teachers engaged in teaching ... (more)

This site provides support, training, and materials for teachers engaged in teaching Arabic in primary and secondary school. The site has general information for language teachers, such as how to plan a lesson or design a syllabus. There is also a directory of primary and secondary schools (public and private) that offer Arabic, a forum for Arabic teachers, a link for useful resources, and a link to opportunities for professional development. (less)

Subject:
Humanities
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Other
Provider:
National Capital Language Resource Center
Provider Set:
Arabic Language Learning