teaching

GrayStar: A Virtual Star in the Classroom

by Guest November 12, 2014

Ian Short is an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University, has taught the core first and second year courses in the undergraduate astrophysics program, and is a published researcher in the field of stellar atmospheres and spectra. Do you teach a course in which students should understand why some spectral lines […]

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Preparing for Teaching Classes

by Danny Barringer July 30, 2014

Instructors, are you starting to think about preparing for your fall classes? Looking for some good resources? If so, AstroBetter has you covered with our Wiki pages under the Teaching category: Course Notes and Astro 101 Resources. You can also search through past teaching-related AstroBetter  posts with the teaching tag. If you want to go […]

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KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Grad Students (June 16-27)

by Laura Trouille April 23, 2014

KICP Education & Outreach Summer School for Graduate Students June 16-27 Chicago, IL http://kicp.uchicago.edu/EOsummer Applications due: May 13, 2014 We are very pleased to announce a hands-on summer school for graduate students interested in education and outreach (E&O). This school will feature a week of practicum that will immerse participants in E&O; for example, presenting […]

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Strategies for improving diversity in the physical sciences

by Chris Crockett July 3, 2013

Despite a variety of efforts at all levels, minority representation in the sciences remains stagnant.  This was one of the take-home-messages at the (relatively) recent American Institute of Physics (AIP) annual Assembly of Society Officers. The assembly is an opportunity for member organizations (e.g., AAS) to come together and discuss common issues of concern. The […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Math Teacher

by Laura Trouille May 23, 2013

The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths. Below is our interview with Andy Cantrell, an astronomer turned math teacher. After his […]

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Presentations on iPad v2 [Ask AstroBetter]

by Kelle April 24, 2013

We’ve covered this topic of iPad presentations before, but with an emphasis on Keynote for iPad pros and cons. While Keynote for the iPad now supports actions and is probably still the best app for creating presentations on the iPad, it’s not the best solution if you create presentations in PowerPoint or want to make […]

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Updating Physics Education

by Kelle November 14, 2012

So, it seems physics education in America includes nothing new since 1865, unlike any other field of study, even geology. This is an open letter to Obama asking him to do something about it. All faculty in Physics and Astro Departments need to start chipping away at this problem. (College has to change before high […]

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Teaching and Mentoring as a Relationship

by Kelle October 23, 2012

Many of the points in this article resonated with me and relate to the current topic of conversation. To me the real purpose of our work [as faculty] is to mentor our students, to help them along their path to becoming thoughtful, engaged, self-aware citizens who are fully able to make choices that reflect their […]

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Sharing Astro Course Notes and Classroom Activities [Wiki]

by Jessica Lu April 16, 2012

There is a large pool of resources for Astro 101 level courses organized on the AstroBetter wiki. Advancements in education research are frequently incorporated in Astro 101 classes, thanks to the availability of these resources. However, there is much less available for higher level courses, including those for undergraduate astronomy majors and graduate physics and astronomy […]

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What I Learned About Astro Outreach From Giving a TEDx Talk

by Jane January 23, 2012

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