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Archive for May, 2015

Becoming an Expert

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

This is a very special certificate for me. I am so glad I decided to take on this challenge. I have learned so much from these teachers and I am looking forward to more interactions with our Chinese colleagues.

Vernier Logger Pro Workshop in Beijing

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

We have had a very exciting day playing with Vernier equipment last Wednesday. We have done 7 experiments with motion detectors, force probes, CO2 sensors, temperature probes, pH sensors, etc. It was very exciting to see the level of engagement of the teachers. During the first hour I introduced them to data collection with Vernier […]

Teaching in BJ – Week 2

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

  I started teaching the second week of my course today. I have enjoyed the day very much as I had a very good interpretor, and I knew much better how to engage students. Today we discussed how to use clickers in the classroom and solved some interesting problems. It is amazing that Chinese teachers […]

Teaching in BJ: Week 1 Impressions

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

I have finished teaching Week 1 of the course. What an exciting experience. I am very inspired by what I saw here. Most importantly, I realized that good teaching has no borders. Here is what Chinese teachers found most useful:] 1) PhET simulations 2) Clickers 3) Logger Pro – sensors 4) Games and Group work […]

How People Learn

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

As I have just started teaching and online summer course ETEC 533, I decided to re-read the book that has been serving as a key reading (one might say the backbone) to the entire course: How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. I love it as it is directed to educators who want to […]

Asking New Questions in Technology Age

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

While we like to discuss how technology negatively affects our ability to connect with people, I would like to discuss how technology allows us to ask and answer new questions. For example, as we have gotten the results of the new International mathematics and science assessment, we might want to decide to compare different countries. […]

Getting ready for Beijing

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

I am honoured to be invited to teach a special two-week professional development course for mathematics and science educators in China (Chaoyang School District in Beijing). I am looking forward to it as I am sure I will learn a lot from our Chinese colleagues. It is going to be my second visit to Beijing […]

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