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Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms

Are you interested in learning strategies to actively engage students in your classroom, whatever subject you are teaching? Do you want to explore how to welcome all students into your classroom, regardless of their background? These two highliy interactive workshops will immerse you in teaching and learning with campus colleagues.

Learning Objectives

By paticipating in these workshops, you will:

  • understand the importance of actively engaging students in learning
  • learn strategies to assess student understanding in real time
  • explore how to engage all students in learning

Program Description

In each workshop you will be immersed in a learning environment so that you will better understand what students' experience in a classrrom and how you can create an environment that promotes learning for all students. You can participate in both workshops or choose which one is most relevant to you.

Engaging Students and Making Classrooms Fair and Inclusive: Cross-Disciplinary Tools, Insights, and Strategies to Promote Student Success 

Teaching diverse populations of students requires instructors to construct learning environments that are inclusive and equitable. Research in psychology and other disciplines suggests that how students personally experience learning environments strongly influences engagement, motivation, sense of belonging, and conceptual learning. In this interactive workshop, participants will share a common experience as the basis for discussing how students may experience classroom environments differently from one another. Individual participants will then have the opportunity to self-assess their current awareness 21 common equitable teaching strategies and identify those that could be immediately implemented in their classrooms. 

Maximizing Learning by Moving Towards Active Learning in 1-, 5-, 10, or 20-minutes

In this interactive workshop, participants will experience multiple examples of how active learning can work in undergraduate courses, with a particular emphasis on biology and chemistry. Attendees will experience examples of how to integrate active learning in 1-minute, 5-minutes, 10-minutes, and 20-minutes that highlight common teaching strategies. In addition, participants will explore how student work produced during active learning can be systematically analyzed quickly to guide teaching decisions. Finally, participants will explore how to structure students’ active learning outside of class to prepare students and maximize learning during in-class activities.

Speaker Information

Dr. Kimberly Tanner is a tenured Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University. Her laboratory – SEPAL: the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory – investigates what is challenging to learn in biology, how biologists choose to teach, and how to make equity, diversity, and inclusion central in science education efforts. As a Science Faculty with an Education Specialty (SFES), she is engaged in discipline-based education research, directs multiple K-16+ biology education reform efforts, and is deeply engaged in faculty professional development. Trained as a neurobiologist with postdoctoral studies in science education, Dr. Tanner is a proud first-generation college-going student.

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Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms includes two workshops:  

  • Maximizing Learning by Moving Towards Active Learning in 1-, 5-, 10, or 20-minutes Tues., May 19th 12:00-1:30PM at Mendenhall, SubBasement Studio S40
  • Engaging Students and Making Classrooms Fair and Inclusive Tues., May 19th 4:30-6:15PM at Lathrop Library 282