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.
0:00 ⏯ Intro
0:38 ⏯ Introducing Sybil Alexandrov. Teaching ‘heritage speakers.’
1:49 ⏯ What heritage speakers bring: issues of self-worth plus lots of cultural and other knowledge.
9:37 ⏯ Active learning and the classroom.
10:04 ⏯ Empowerment and cultural status in a Yale classroom. Helping students feel at home.
12:01 ⏯ How is the heritage speaker classroom different? They’re not blank slates. Varieties of Spanish.
15:34 ⏯ Avoiding making the students feel that everything they do is wrong. “The affective component is tremendous.” Personalizing learning.
19:49 ⏯ Helping students understand what’s in store for them. Giving students choices.
24:03 ⏯ Assessment and Yale’s language requirements. Why the heritage speakers are there–including just wanting to express themselves in Spanish.
28:27 ⏯ A project to understand what heritage speakers have in common. Diversity at Yale “I didn’t know other people felt this way.”
32:57 ⏯ Heritage speakers interviewing other heritage speakers: Spanish, Greek, Russian, Korean.
36:45 ⏯ Reducing the students’ feelings of isolation and not belonging. Nomadic and exilic cultures.
40:22 ⏯ “Whatever they bring to class is great.” Something to address and not to dismiss.
42:50 ⏯ Attending an annual workshop at the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA.
45:52 ⏯ 57 million Americans speak another language other than English in the home. Learning from diversity.
47:52 ⏯ Sybil’s linguistic background. Growing up a balanced bilingual and studying Romance language in college.
51:40 ⏯ Teaching and making mistakes. Both you and the students learn from your mistakes. Making the teaching your own.
56:17 ⏯ Signing off.