AAPT Summer 2010 (Portland, OR) Talk

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Title: Key Factors in Teachers’ Success or Failure Adopting Clicker Pedagogy

Abstract: Why do some teachers succeed with clickers and others fail, even though those who succeed show great differences in how they use clickers, and even though many who fail seem to be doing the same things as their successful peers? Since 2006, the “Teacher Learning of Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment” project has been giving clicker sets to middle- and high school science and math teachers; providing sustained professional development on using them effectively; and studying in longitudinal detail the difficulties the teachers encountered, the choices they made, and the successes they achieved. We find that the most crucial factors determining who succeeds, who gives up, and who merely muddles along have far more to do with teachers’ deeper attitudes, models, and professional thought habits than with which “best practices” they try or what support they receive. For some teachers, a dramatic transformation from frustrated to enthusiastic can stem from a single insight.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 20, 3:00—3:30 PM.

Location: Grand Ballroom II


The “prezi…” — the interactive zooming/panning visual map — I used in lieu of a traditional slide deck is available online at prezi.com. You can follow my step-by-step path, or explore it on your own. (Flash required, alas.) There’s stuff in it I didn’t get to in the talk!