Monthly Archives: April 2013

Interdisciplinary research

Disciplines are more than just knowledge about a certain science, a few courses that teachers teach and students learn. Each field teaches students a certain method of thinking. After graduating from college an engineer does not see the world around the same way that an artist does. An engineer sees the … Continue reading Continue reading

Collaborative Learning ≠ Easy ≠ “Please like me”

Every once in a while, something happens that brings home the importance of pedagogy, the need for teachers (and teachers-to-be) to examine what and how we teach…and to what end. I participated in one of those “things” this week. It … Continue reading Continue reading

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Turning "real life" into a PBL assignment

This week’s presentations made me realize the importance of audience teacher relationships. I enjoyed the aspect of presentations that made students feel welcomed; those presentations that produced a want to learn. There was a certain room sh… Continue reading

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Turning "real life" into a PBL assignment

This week’s presentations made me realize the importance of audience teacher relationships. I enjoyed the aspect of presentations that made students feel welcomed; those presentations that produced a want to learn. There was a certain room sh… Continue reading

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What is Interdisciplinary Research?

Interdisciplinary Research? Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Laptops in the class: are they really helpful?

I have recently attended a lecture on ME 4006 as a GTA where the instructor asked the students to put their laptops aside or in tablet mode. This drew my attention and made me think if this was the right … Continue reading Continue reading

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Literacy and wisdom…

I have already had the chance to know so many different people in this life, from various social and educational backgrounds. I have met the most brilliant minds and the warmest hearts, but I also met people whose essence I could not ‘smell’… The interesting thing, still not obvious to everyone, is that knowledge is […] Continue reading

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The Effects of Multitasking in Learning Environments

I found an article (source) investigating the effects of multitasking in learning environments. It studied two groups of students as the subjects. Both groups heard the same exact lecture and tested immediately following the lecture. The first group of students was allowed … Continue reading Continue reading

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My teaching paradigm

Recently, I’ve been exploring social constructionist ideas in research and my personal life. I agree with Kenneth Burke, that life is a reflection of symbol use. Burke goes on to say that when the heart stops beating, the symbol-user stops…..using, … Continue reading Continue reading

“reality check”

Something that one of my favorite teachers did, that I plan to do in my classes, is have a “reality check” for each overarching topic in his fluid mechanic course. … Continue Reading → Continue reading