Webinar recording available at: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/p5517xb3ik4/
To update the old adage: teaching a person to fish is great and all — certainly better than giving them fish — but what if we could do better? What do you call it if you teach them how to get constantly better at fishing? How to judge their own fishing skills honestly and make intelligent choices about where to focus their efforts? How to make use of research about the feeding patterns of fish populations to avoid wasting effort and maximizing returns?
Ok, that’s probably enough with that metaphor. 🙂
In the DELTA webinar hosted on October 17, 2017, Dr. Matthew Stoltzfus (Chemistry) described the cutting-edge practices he has adapted from research-driven guides (like Saundra McGuire’s Teach Students How to Learn) and developed to intervene effectively with the mostly-lower-level students in his Introduction to Chemistry courses. Beginning with the simple (but oft-overlooked) recognition that there are different levels of understanding and proceeding through an array of proven strategies, Dr. Fus helps students understand precisely what new ways of thinking college will demand of them (that high school did not) and how they can take concrete steps to grow those new wings.*
*The growing of wings being the ultimate goal of learning, according to Plato’s Allegory of the Chariot.