Wednesday, January 21, 2015

College of the Environment’s first Meet, Greet, Teach for 2015.

Meet, Greet, Teach (MGT): Aha! Teaching for Transformation
An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues

Event Details
Thursday, February 5, 5:00-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment Commons, Wallace Hall(ACC) 012
Free to attend. RSVP requested by Monday, Feb. 2.

Does learning happen in a slow, steady fashion, or do students make advances in big, unpredictable leaps? Or, are they predictable?

That transformative moment when concept, activity and skill set come together; that moment when lucidity outweighs confusion; that moment when insight and innovation push memorization (and boredom!) aside.

What makes for a lightbulb moment? Can you dial up epiphanies in the classroom? And is it something that only certain students experience or can we make transformation go viral?

Join us for a discussion of whether we can create Aha! moments in the classroom, and if so, how.

  • Jim Pfaendtner, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Tom Quinn, Professor, Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
  • Jennifer Taggart, Senior Lecturer, Mathematics
  • Daniel Winterbottom, Professor, Landscape Architecture
MGT is an evening series offering graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty with an interest in engaging in artful, interactive, innovative teaching a chance to interact with colleagues from across campus who are willing to share their enthusiasm and experience.
Each MGT focuses on a single “30,000 foot” issue: What is interdisciplinary? The role of facts versus values. Can personalized teaching be objective teaching? Saving STEM.

Over a glass of wine and light appetizers, attendees have a chance to mix and mingle before settling down to a 30-minute "fast panel" of 3-5 faculty, each delivering thought - and conversation - provoking answers. With time for both structured and social interaction, MGT presents an opportunity for everyone to have a say, make a contact, find a shared direction, and learn something new.

Wanting more follow-up? We'll wrap up the session with time for more one-on-one interaction, giving everyone time to grab a speaker for a final comment.