Posted on August 14, 2017 by Tia Lalani

Join us for this year’s Distinguished Professorial Lecture, from biology professor Neil Haave. When: Thursday, September 21st – 7:00 pm, refreshments to follow Where: Mayer Community Hall, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre Please register with Debra Olafson at olafson@ualberta.ca or call (780) 679-1626.   The Art and Science of Teaching Teaching is both …

Join us for this year’s Distinguished Professorial Lecture, from biology professor Neil Haave.

When: Thursday, September 21st – 7:00 pm, refreshments to follow

Where: Mayer Community Hall, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

Please register with Debra Olafson at olafson@ualberta.ca or call (780) 679-1626.

 

The Art and Science of Teaching

Teaching is both science and art. The science includes the growing body of evidence of how we understand learning to work. The art involves how each individual instructor best embodies that evidence in the teaching strategies used to facilitate students’ learning. What makes teaching such a challenging profession is that in each cohort of students, each individual student has particular needs that result from their particular lived experience. Thus, as teachers, we need to foster our understanding of the students in our classrooms to be able to design the best learning environment that will nurture our students’ intellectual development based on the published evidence. As a result, the application of any particular teaching strategy from the literature needs to consider the context in which it is being implemented. That context is ourselves and our students as persons, and the culture in which the learning is experienced. What works in one class may not work in another, even with the same teacher. In this presentation, I will explain how my learning and teaching experiences have led me to this understanding in light of the published evidence about how learning works.

 


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