- Establish a class climate for success in active learning as evidenced by respect, encouragement, and free exchange;
- Examine a larger number of models and strategies that teachers use to implement active learning across the curriculum;
- Build long-term project classroom teams that work cohesively and that demonstrate interdependence and individual accountability; facilitate teams’ cohesiveness, camaraderie, and ability to work together; evaluate team and individual effectiveness;
- Identify complex utilization of expert jigsaw and structured academic controversy;
- Design and lead class-builder/team-builder;
- Identify various forms of student diversity;
- Determine what active learning elements can support successful virtual learning environments;
- Plan long term active learning team projects and accompanying assessment;
- Increase reflective practitioner skills as a facilitator of active learning
Participants will engage in interactive mini-lectures, hands-on activities, classroom exercises, discussions, email chats, and/or BlackBoard discussions. There will also be guest speakers, video clips, and model lessons to observe and participate in. Participants will also be expected to read articles, submit lesson plans, and try active learning strategies in their classes and present results focusing on strengths and challenges.
Melinda Rudibaugh, Mathematics Faculty, Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Melinda has been trained in all of the elements of active learning that she will be presenting. She has facilitated events at international conferences and presented workshop series for local school districts. She is also a recipient of the American Mathematics Association for the Two-Year College (AMATYC) Teaching Excellence Award, Innovator of the Year Award, and Arizona State University President's Medal for Team Excellence.