Carpenter; Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Faculty at the College of Western Idaho, Boise State University; Research and publication in Zoology and the field of Science Education with a Biology Education Emphasis
I teach primarily by way of guided discussion; asking students questions based on their readings and then having others join in, filling in the gaps and correcting misunderstandings. Into this discussion I introduce small-group work, having students address problems in a low-risk environment before calling on some for a response. There are numerous ways to incentivise student participation in this model and I have found that students come to class much more prepared compared to when I was lecturing primarily via exposition. Following my discussion-based model for biology instruction will increase your students performance (appreciably) and their engagement in class (significantly!). You'll also find it much more enjoyable to talk with students and to facilitate an intellectual discussion with them. This model for instruction has increased my enjoyment with the profession of teaching more, perhaps, than my students' engagement with my course.
Nominated Boise State University Adjunct Faculty of the Year - 2006 Boise State Teaching Fellow - 2007 College of Western Idaho Faculty of Distinction - 2015 National Institutes of Health, Undergraduate Research Award - 2017
BS Colorado State University - Wildlife Biology; MS Boise State University - Biology; PhD University of Idaho - Science Education
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