Changing the Game: Throw Away Your Teaching Playbook

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Winter 12-5-2019


Despite the large body of research on the theory and practice of instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), not many K-20 faculty have incorporated the best, research-based practices in their teaching. Learning can happen better when teachers throw away the traditional instructional playbook and take some major risks in their classroom practice. Dr. Gammon will present an example of what the holy grail of the effective classroom looks like and some practical examples that might inspire others to search for the grail in their own teaching domain.

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Dr. Steven D. Gammon is Dean of CLSPS. His scholarship has focused on improving science instruction. Initially a chemistry faculty member at the University of Idaho and Western Washington University, he has since served in leadership roles at several institutions. At WWU, he led an NSF-funded project to reform K-20 science learning state-wide. With a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. from Bowdoin College, he enjoys fly fishing, many outdoor activities, and plays musical instruments.