teaching

Sciencewomen

Category archives for teaching

An Open Letter to my Students

(to borrow a meme from La Isis) Dear Students, I understand that you took your exams on Monday and that our class meets next on Wednesday. I know that you are anxious to find out how you are doing in the class. Believe it or not, I am anxious to know how well I am…

A good friend and colleague of mine, Alisha Wallers recently sent me an email about a new company she has founded. She used to be a mainstay of the feminist engineering education group until she “retired” to spend more time focusing on the education of her kids. Since then, she started “Learning with Alisha!” which…

I haven’t talked much about my teaching yet this semester, and it’s high time I did – at least a little, particularly to contribute a bit to the discussion about PWIs. To be clear: my institution will consider me for tenure based upon my research, and to a lesser extent based on my teaching (I…

Sciencewoman says: Some of readers have been wondering about what life is like for those jobs at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Alice and I are indubitably unqualified to answer that question, so Kim Hannula of “All of my faults are stress related…” graciously offered to provide some perspective. Kim is an incredibly thoughtful blogger about…

The PBS News Hour reports out on the Barefoot College in India. The reporter talks with grandmothers learning to make solar lights, and with the founder who believes educating men is a lost cause because they’re lazy. He argues that women use their education to get good jobs, and then use the money they earn…

The worst powerpoint I could manage

A few weeks ago I solicited suggestions for how NOT to give a talk, and I was overwhelmed and greatly amused by the volume and enthusiasm of responses. At about the same time, Dave Ng over at The World’s Fair was thinking along the same lines. He claims to have created the most evil powerpoint…

One class I’m teaching this semester is a senior seminar focusing on oral communication. It should be a really fun class, and I’m looking forward to it. A major assignment for the semester will involve the students presenting a journal-club style talk on a scientific paper. Before I make them give a talk though, it…

‘Twas the week before classes and all through the hall, the students were scurrying to register for fall. The syllabi were printed on many colored sheets and the profs were already tired of needing to meet…. The textbooks lined shelves in neat little rows, just waiting for students to open, read, and doze. As hard…

Incentives for future science teachers?

Dear ScienceWoman, I am starting a career as a teacher and would very much like to enroll in a masters specializing in teaching high school science. I am wondering if you could help direct me to some grants or incentives that are geared towards encouraging women to pursue graduate teaching degrees in these areas. Any…

Even though fall classes won’t start for a few more weeks, we are already being asked to submit our spring schedules. I’ll be teaching two classes, each with labs, that I will have previously taught. It’s a little daunting to think about so many hours in the classroom, but the reward will be a lighter…