Dr. Bennett has developed many innovative strategies for teaching science to non-science majors and has written leading textbooks in both astronomy and astrobiology. As a result, he has spoken about strategies for teaching science to faculty at many colleges and universities, including the University of Kentucky, UCLA, San Diego State, Emory University, BYU-Idaho, SUNY-Stonybrook, Rice University, Charleston College, Indiana/Purdue, and many more. Below is a title and short abstract for his seminar.
Title/abstract: Strategies for Teaching Science
What does it take to be a successful science teacher? In this presentation, I’ll focus on the idea that the key to success lies in finding ways to get students to put in the study and effort necessary for true learning. Following a brief introduction on teaching philosophy, I’ll provide concrete examples of principles and strategies that should help in your teaching, regardless of the particular science subject, grade level, or number of students you teach. Note: This presentation follows the organization of my book On Teaching Science (www.onteachingscience.com).
Fees/Scheduling: Please contact Dr. Bennett if you are interested in this seminar. Notes: (1) Normally I require travel expenses and any standard departmental honorarium; however, in some cases I can pay my own way if the visit is linked to a potential adoption of one of my textbooks. (2) I appreciate efforts to maximize use of my time during my trips, such as by coordinating with your mathematics department for my mathematics seminar or setting up an evening public talk during my visit. (3) I may also be able to guest lecture in some astronomy or astrobiology classes if you are interested. (4) In some cases I may also be able to make a morning visit to a local elementary school to offer a presentation on Max Goes to the Moon or others among my children’s titles.