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The Classroom is HAPPENING at Stony Brook Project

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A showcase of our faculty and active learning in the classroom.

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The Classroom is HAPPENING at Stony Brook Project

  1. 1. The Classroom is Happening at Stony Brook A showcase of proactive approaches to classroom management and active learning in the classroom
  2. 2. WE ARE STONY BROOK Proactive Classroom Management = Active Learning
  3. 3. Purpose of Project •Promote an across-the-disciplines sense of community through the documentation, promotion and peer-to-peer sharing of active learning approaches in the Stony Brook classrooms. •Academic Voyeur ism (David Ametrano) – Allows the faculty to take a peak inside each others classrooms to spark an interchange of active learning activities and creative teaching methods.
  4. 4. The Need … Enrollment Total (all students) 22,522 Number of FT Faculty 756 Number of PT Faculty 633 (?) Reference - http://stonybrook.stateuniversity.com/
  5. 5. The Need …  New Faculty Learning Community  Classroom Visits  Facebook Introductions  Department Walks and Talks DISCOVERY! Creative learning activities were taking place in the classrooms and large lecture halls across-the-disciplines, but nobody outside the classrooms and (maybe) the departments knew what was happening.
  6. 6. Mendelian Genetics Project Biology 150 Students were divided up in pairs. They were given envelopes with chromosomes, genes and alleles. One student in the team got a tiger ‘s envelope and the other got a lion’s. They were told to mate and put together the genetics of a liger. Over 300 students in the large lecture hall paired off and were actively engaged in the activity. The active learning exercise was conducted by a T.A. working on his Ph.D. in biology….Mark Jonas. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancywozniak/sets/7215760866782046 /
  7. 7. The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet First year faculty, Ayesha Ramachandraw, was assigned an Introduction to Theater, DEC course. Her students let her know that they mostly premed students and this course wasn’t important to them. The students weren’t reading assigned materials or turning in other assignments. After we discussed her problem, she gave them a choice…written final exam or produce a play. They chose to produce a play. Ayesha stepped back and made them assume all the responsibilities and roles. Opening night, the energy was electrifying. Their parents and friends came to see their production. Afterwards they shared with me how much they have come to appreciate the theater. Many wanted to continue an active interest in theater production. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancywozniak/sets/7215761361286881
  8. 8. The Classroom is Happening Project began named by Organic Chemistry Professor, Joe Lauher  an interactive website showcasing  an active across-the-disciplines active learning at Stony Brook faculty learning community on  printed and electronic tip sheets that active learning and proactive classroom management highlight interviews with faculty and the active learning activities in their  an active learning references and classrooms resource database  a printed and electronic year book  a television and radio show featuring and reference guide for new faculty interviews with faculty and TLT highlighting current Stony Brook support staff on active learning and faculty and their active learning technology in their classrooms methods  an active blog or listserv for faculty to  a series of active learning, peer-to- post and share their student-centered peer workshops, focus groups, learning activities and ideas birds of a feather brown bags and swaps, and summer colloquium to facilitate across-the-disciplines dialogue and exchange of student- centered learning activities at Stony Brook
  9. 9. Accomplished this past academic year The Classroom is Happening Project began named by Organic Chemistry Professor, Joe Lauher  an interactive website showcasing  an active across-the-disciplines active learning at Stony Brook faculty learning community on  printed and electronic tip sheets that active learning and proactive classroom management highlight interviews with faculty and the active learning activities in their  an active learning references and classrooms resource database  a printed and electronic year book  a television and radio show featuring and reference guide for new faculty interviews with faculty and TLT highlighting current Stony Brook support staff on active learning and faculty and their active learning technology in their classrooms methods  an active blog or listserv for faculty to  a series of active learning, peer-to- post and share their student-centered peer workshops, focus groups, learning activities and ideas birds of a feather brown bags and swaps, and summer colloquium to facilitate across-the-disciplines dialogue and exchange of student- centered learning activities at Stony Brook
  10. 10. To be accomplished by the end of June 2009 The Classroom is Happening Project began named by Organic Chemistry Professor, Joe Lauher  an interactive website showcasing  an active across-the-disciplines active learning at Stony Brook faculty learning community on  printed and electronic tip sheets that active learning and proactive classroom management highlight interviews with faculty and the active learning activities in their  an active learning references and classrooms resource database  a printed and electronic year book  a television and radio show featuring and reference guide for new faculty interviews with faculty and TLT highlighting current Stony Brook support staff on active learning and faculty and their active learning technology in their classrooms methods  an active blog or listserv for faculty to  a series of active learning, peer-to- post and share their student-centered peer workshops, focus groups, learning activities and ideas birds of a feather brown bags and swaps, and summer colloquium to facilitate across-the-disciplines dialogue and exchange of student- centered learning activities at Stony Brook
  11. 11. To be accomplished by beginning o f next academic The Classroom is Happening Project began year named by Organic Chemistry Professor, Joe Lauher  an interactive website showcasing  an active across-the-disciplines active learning at Stony Brook faculty learning community on  printed and electronic tip sheets that active learning and proactive classroom management highlight interviews with faculty and the active learning activities in their  an active learning references and classrooms resource database  a printed and electronic year book  a television and radio show featuring and reference guide for new faculty interviews with faculty and TLT highlighting current Stony Brook support staff on active learning and faculty and their active learning technology in their classrooms methods  an active blog or listserv for faculty to  a series of active learning, peer-to- post and share their student-centered peer workshops, focus groups, learning activities and ideas birds of a feather brown bags and swaps, and summer colloquium to facilitate across-the-disciplines dialogue and exchange of student- centered learning activities at Stony Brook
  12. 12. Follow our progress  The Faculty Center Group or Nancy McCoy-Wozniak on Facebook  Faculty Center or Nancy Wozniak on Twitter  FacultyCenter on Delicious  TLT Website – tlt.stonybrook.edu PPT found at For more information email – nanc y.wozniak@stonybrook.edu
  13. 13. Follow our progress  Cynthia Davidson – Wr iting and Rhetor ic Prog ram Presentation http://www.stonybrook.edu/writrhet/epicenter.ppt.htm Writing Assignment Source Book- http://stonybrook.edu/writrhet/sbindex.shtml  Innovations in Education – The TV Show What makes a faculty member a great teacher?  You can find out by watching TLT's new TV show where faculty using innovative pedagogical approaches and best practices talk about their experiences.  The first two shows feature Joe Lauher for chemistry and Bill Collins from neurobiology.  To find out more visit the web site at https://tlt.stonybrook.edu/FacultyServices/FacDev/TVSho

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