This Friday June 25th, join a conversation with Nancy Boury about "Word Puzzles and Games to Engage Students Learning the Language of their STEM Discipline." Many different STEM professionals rely on specific jargon to concisely communicate ideas, processes, or technical details within their disciplines. This specialized language is important to communication within a field, and indeed, is important in shaping the way we think about science and technology. However, with a steep learning curve that must be overcome, it is often exclusionary. This does little to build trust between scientists and the general public, as STEM professionals frequently struggle to communicate complex ideas to a lay audience without using jargon. One solution to these two interconnected problems is to play word games in introductory STEM classes – early and often. Most word games require a deeper and more connected understanding of terminology than simpler methods such as flashcards or other memorization tools. With small adjustments, the strategies discussed in this talk can be used online, face-to-face, hybrid, synchronous, asynchronous.
Sit down with other engaged colleagues on Zoom. Based on research by the Summer Institutes, supports are three times more important than barriers in implementing Scientific Teaching in classrooms. Join us for support with the National Institute on Scientific Teaching, formerly the Summer Institutes (Bathgate et al., 2019a, 2019b).
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