2007-2008 Seminar Series

Teaching: How Not To Suck

Professor Michael Brown, 2007 Feynman Award Winner
Well-known for discovering Eris and the resulting demotion of Pluto, Professor Mike Brown will discuss his teaching experiences, the good and the bad. Currently a professor of planetary astronomy, the 2007 Feynman Award winner has been recognized for building hands-on courses and engaging students in the research process.
Monday, April 28, 2008: 5:15 PM, Come early for refreshments. Beckman Institute Auditorium

Choosing a Teaching Career

A Panel Discussion on Teaching Experiences 
Do you enjoy teaching but aren't sure which type of educational institution most suits you and your future career? Come and participate in a discussion with panelists who teach at a high school, a community college, a liberal arts college and our own research university. They will describe what you should expect in your first few years and answer any questions you may have about the pros and cons of each environment, including teaching requirements, students and career progression.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008: 5:15 PM, Come early for refreshments. Baxter Lecture Hall

Science in the Everyday Classroom: Individual Lesson Planning for Middle to High School

Alycen Chan, Director of Caltech Y RISE
Monday, March 31, 2008: 6:00 PM, Dinner is provided. Avery Library

Turning Around a Problem Course

Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College
Dr. Maria Klawe will talk about two times when she has chosen to teach introductory level math classes that were disliked and received poor reviews from good students. She will describe the approaches she tried with each couse, and the outcomes, both postive and negative. Klawe is Harvey Mudd's 5th President. She was formerly the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. Her research is in mathematics and computer science.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008: 5:00 PM, Come early for refreshments. Beckman Institute Auditorium 

Understanding the International Classroom: How Culture Impacts Teaching and Learning

Dr. James Stigler
James W. Stigler is Professor of Psychology at UCLA, Director of the TIMSS video studies, and founder and CEO of LessonLab. He is co-author of two recent books: The Teaching Gap(with James Hiebert, Free Press, 1999) and The Learning Gap (with Harold Stevenson, Simon & Schuster, 1992). He has received numerous awards for his research, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989 and the QuEST award from the American Federation of Teachers in 1995. Dr. Stigler is best known for his observational work in classrooms, and has pioneered the use of multimedia technology for the study of classroom instruction.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008: 5:00 PM, Come early for refreshments. Beckman Institute Auditorium

Strategies for Effective Classroom Planning

Alycen Chan, Director of Caltech Y RISE
Alycen Chan, director of the Caltech Y RISE tutoring program, will be leading a workshop entitled "Strategies for Effective Classroom Planning: Middle School to High School".  The workshop is designed to give guided, hands-on experience in designing your own classroom curriculum.
Monday, January 14, 2008: 6:00 PM, Dinner will be provided but space is limted, please RSVP. Avery Library