In the ten years I have spent teaching in middle school, high school and university classrooms, I have observed that most teachers are interested in constructing active, student-centered learning. After experimenting with many different techniques, I have discovered that my favorite way to engage students is to work towards not just a student-centered classroom, but a design-centered classroom.
This method centers on two concepts:
- -- The Learning Sciences idea that cognitive and social learning theories should frame curricular design
- -- The Wiggins and McTighe "backwards design" focus on developing concepts and learning goals before planning assessments or activities.
Building from these ideas, I have have applied these ideas to teaching in multiple settings: general courses, seminars for pre-service teachers, pedagogy workshops for Engineering professors, and professional development for in-service teachers.
Courses Taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Human Abilities and Learning (Lecturer & TA: general lecture)
Human Abilities and Learning (Lecturer & TA: secondary teaching certification seminar)
Human Abilities and Learning (TA: online / blended section)
Introduction to the Learning Sciences I (TA: graduate seminar)
Introduction to the Learning Sciences II (TA: graduate seminar)
Cognitions and social contexts of writing and literacies
Designing literacy learning environments
Online learning & participatory cultures
Adolescent literacies & multiliteracies Qualitative research methods
Mixing research methods
Online research methods