Monthly Archives: November 2016

Graduate symposium on Turning Spaces into Places of Learning

Amanda Fritzlan, Ildiko Kovaks, Kari Marken, and Matthew Yanko organized a dynamic, experiential, embodied symposium last week on “Turning Spaces into Places of Learning.” The symposium explored the challenge of shaping places and spaces through the panelists’ research. I really appreciate the attention to various campus places and spaces and give thanks to the weather for cooperating! The pineapple express rolled through Vancouver for the day!

Thank you!

601 Graduate Symposium, Wed Nov 9, 1:00


Wednesday, November 9, 2016
1:00-4:00         Scarfe 1214

Turning Spaces into Places of Learning

Amanda Fritzlan, Ildiko Kovaks, Kari Marken, Matthew Yanko

* You are invited to a conversation that explores the thinking/being/doing of turning traditional and nontraditional spaces into learning places. Dress for all weather. Bring your student card. Wear comfortable clothing for movement.


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Graduate symposium on Exploring curriculum-as-plan and curriculum-as-lived

Alexis Gonzalez, Gerald Tembrevilla, Tsubasa Saito, and Elise (Ling-Hui) Chu organized an exciting, engaging symposium last week on “Exploring Curriculum-as-plan and Curriculum-as-lived in Science and Math Education.” The balance of theory and practice had us thinking and acting throughout out. I also really liked the balance of epistemologies and philosophies, including a very attentive engagement with the work of Ted Aoki.

As well, I would like to extend a heartfelt acknowledgement and appreciation for Prof. Keith Taber, who skyped in and talked with us from Cambridge, and to Prof. Anne Phelan, who interacted with us for the entire symposium and walked us through a really interesting essay by Aoki. Thank you!