Teach Better

Podcast Episode 32: Teaching Freshmen With Bonni Stachowiak

- - posted in episode, podcast

Bonni Stachowiak teaches courses in business, marketing, leadership, and human resources at Vanguard University of Southern California where many of her students are freshmen. In this episode she talks with us about the issues and opportunities involved with teaching first year students. Bonni also hosts her own podcast, Teaching in Higher Ed, and shares some stories from behind the scenes.

What Do Students Care About?

- - posted in teaching

Research shows that students invest more and retain more when they care about what you are teaching them. If you can do this at an individual level and connect what you’re doing to something in a particular student’s life, it can make all the difference.

Podcast Episode 31: A Life Worth Living With Matt Croasmun

- - posted in episode, podcast

Matt Croasmun directs the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and teaches a course with the same name in Yale College. Started by Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz, the course helps students engage with a big important question: What is a good life? In an especially wide ranging conversation, we talk with Matt about possible answers, how to go about finding an answer, and the nuts and bolts of teaching such an ambitious class.

Podcast Episode 30: Teaching Outside the Classroom With Michael Faison

- - posted in episode, podcast

Our guest is Michael Faison from the Yale Department of Astronomy. He teaches undergraduate classes that range from the search for extraterrestrial life to advanced radio astronomy, and he directs the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium where he often hosts classes. Outside Yale, he gives public lectures about astronomy, astrology, and the difference between the two. In this episode we talk about the advantages of teaching outside a traditional classroom, thinking creatively about what happens during class time, and how he handles students with very different backgrounds in science and math.

Podcast Episode 29: Team-Based Learning With Parama Chaudhury

- - posted in episode, podcast

In this episode Parama Chaudhury joins us from University College London’s Department of Economics. Parama is a teaching fellow at UCL where she does all sorts of innovative things in the classroom. We spend most of our time talking about Parama’s experience with Team-Based Learning (TBL), but she also tells how she ended up starting the world’s first Centre for Teaching and Learning in Economics.

Visiting UCL’s Center for Teaching and Learning in Economics (CTaLE)

- - posted in teaching

Three teaching fellows and a departmental tutor at University College London recently founded the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics. I just got back from visiting and was extremely impressed. Read all about why in my guest post on their blog

I sincerely hope other economics departments follow suit and start their own centers–Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Handling Student Questions During Lecture

- - posted in teaching

During my recent visit to the Center for Teaching and Learning in Economics (CTaLE) at University College London I had the pleasure of sitting in on Marcos Vera-Hernández’s class on economic development. I learned much about taxation in developing countries (which was great), but I was very pleasantly surprised to get a master class in handling student questions and responses to his own questions.

Podcast Episode 28: Flipping, Fun, and Physics With Frank Robinson

- - posted in episode, podcast

In this episode we talk to Frank Robinson from Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Frank has a PhD in Applied Math and he works with a wide range of scientists at Yale co-teaching some of our most innovative classes. He shares what he learned flipping Fundamentals of Physics with Helen Caines, and also tells us about creating a public website (coming soon!) based on his Movie Physics class.

Podcast Episode 27: Teaching Clinical Reasoning With Geoff Connors

- - posted in episode, podcast

Geoff Connors is our first guest from the Yale School of Medicine. He’s an assistant professor of pulmonology and teaches medical students how to reason and make decisions. He also teaches a class called “Teaching Teachers” through the Med School’s Teaching and Learning Center (not to be confused with the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning). In this episode Geoff explains how differently (and not so differently) education works in his world.