Do we need to “cover every fact” in science learning?  This article supports the use of TBL to help students with higher order thinking

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/course-content-can-fulfill-multiple-roles/

The answer?  An excerpt from the article sums it up nicely:

…nobody is teaching a course on the telephone book. His point: “we should not teach science (or other subjects) as though every fact is worth knowing, any more than we would use a telephone book to help us memorize numbers… Memorizing facts is not as important as knowing how to ask questions and how to synthesize information to formulate an answer.” –

How to Get Your Students Undivided Attention

Are your students facebooking and shopping for shoes in class? Do they tell you that multitasking is possible because they are young and have neuroplasticity? Not so fast.

Take a look at some of the science behind why multitasking will affect your ability to learn and perform http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/multitasking_while_studying_divided_attention_and_technological_gadgets.html

You will have to read through to page 2 to get to the science, but essentially, multitasking in class hurts students ability to learn and perform in class and on tests. The article contains good advice for faculty. Show students this research, explain the effects of technology distraction while learning and ask that they put the tech away unless you are requiring them to use it. For students, use delayed gratification while studying. Go for 15 minutes without checking texts or social media. Allow your attention to be completely focused on the task at hand. As you practice this, you will find the time extends further out between technology breaks, even when you are using technology to study.

Happy Learning!

Inspire your students to give a TED talk

Get inspired to speak to your students this year by watching a 12 year old boy from Kenya. He will inspire you to be brave, and think outside the box. http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_turere_a_peace_treaty_with_the_lions

In his article for Harvard Business Review, Chris Anderson gives some great advice for how to give one of these famous talks.
1. Frame your talk as a journey and tell the story
2. Quickly get to the reason why you care deeply about this topic
3. Practice – script, bullet points, or memorization all require practice
4. Stand still and use hand gestures wisely. Make eye contact
5. NEVER read words on a slide
6. Video clips should be short and demonstrate something that could not be told in a story
7. Show your passion. There is a reason why you love your topic and we want to know why.