The hardest part of teaching?

Today was the faculty and staff Welcome Back BBQ at UBC Okanagan. My Centre for Teaching and Learning had an information table among 25 or so other campus organizations. Always on the lookout to inject a little interaction and teaching and learning, I set up a laptop and i>clicker gear to survey my new colleagues about teaching: Survey question: What do you think is the hardest part of teaching? (photo: Peter Newbury) Lots of people…

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Silent on Twitter about my job search

I use Twitter. A lot. It’s my daily, hourly,…, continuous source of information, professional development, and support, and a place where I can give back to the communities that support me when I need it. I advocate No, that is. Not. Right. We cannot address disability via “accomodate” and “compromise.” 6/9 — Peter Newbury (@polarisdotca) May 13, 2016 I describe projects I’m working on Working on massive #dataviz poster for @cirtlnetwork meeting. Took me an…

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Flip or flip not, there is no try to read Chapter 3 before class please pretty please

Every learner needs to build new concepts into their own pre-existing knowledge. That’s the constructivist model for teaching and learning and ultimately, I believe, the rationale and justification for active learning. Like I said on Twitter a few weeks ago, “Active learning” means *every* student has opps to practice expert-like behaviors, not just select few who raise hands or voices. — Peter Newbury (@polarisdotca) March 15, 2016 “Active learning” takes prep and choreography to support…

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There and back again.

I’m thrilled to announce that in July, I’ll be starting a new job as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Senior Advisor for Learning Initiatives in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal Academic at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. For me, this is a return to Canada, to British Columbia, and to the University of British Columbia community, though in Kelowna, rather than Vancouver where I went to graduate school,…

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I refuse to say yes to doing nothing about #astroSH

Are there enough negatives in that title to confuse you? Good. But it’s nothing compared to the confusion I’ve felt this week. And my discomfort is a drop in the bucket of confusion and anxiety experienced every. single. day by woman who have been or are being sexually harassed. The astronomy community was rocked again this week. I came to my current career via astronomy education and I know, not just “know of”, but personally…

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Getting the most out of peer instruction

Peer instruction is a powerful, evidence-based instructional strategy that supports active learning in all sizes of classes. Typically in peer instruction, every 15-20 minutes, the instructor poses a conceptually challenging, multiple choice question students think about the question on their own and vote for one of the choices using some kind of audience response tool students turn to their neighbors and discuss the question and their answers students may vote a second time, depending on…

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