The Modern Professor’s New Toolkit for Interactive Teaching
Timothy F. Slater, Ph.D. University of Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Professor of Science Education and Editor of Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE)
“No matter where you teach or at what age level, we all start each new year with increasingly diverse groups students populating our courses. By and large, the current cadre of faculty teachers fully understand the value and importance of training a wider diversity of students who understand and contribute to the world’s scientific and economic enterprise; yet, few professors have had the opportunity to learn how to best teach the quickly broadening range of contemporary student audiences in multi-cultural classrooms. Successfully teaching an ever-increasing diversity of students requires professors and teachers to have a flexible toolkit of various teaching strategies. Today’s educators need to be able to do far more than deliver information accurately with illustrations to their students. Instead, the most effective educators need a new toolkit of strategies to be able to also manage two-way interactions with students through real-time questioning and providing multiple, alternate representations of ideas. Strategies based on students voting on question choices and completing collaborative group activities during class is one approach. Another approach is to use in-class time for students to do research projects while allocating outside of class time to reading and listening to Internet-delivered lectures. Today’s educators need wide variety of strategies at the ready to be able to help all students learn.”
About Timothy F. Slater, Ph.D
Dr. Tim Slater is an internationally respected scholar in science education. Formally trained as an astronomer, he is the Editor of the Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE), has co-authored 14 books, has been awarded nearly $20 million dollars in grants, and has more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is the University of Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of Science Education and a Senior Scientist at the international CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research. Known widely as the “Professor’s Professor” Dr. Slater has provided workshops on innovative teaching and scholarship productivity to thousands of college professors and teachers worldwide. He is the Editor of the Clute Institute published Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education and a senior blogger for the Society of College Science Teachers.