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Today was a busy day, indeed.  It is at once exciting and also frustrating---it would be good to see models of what works well, but that might influence approaches and strategies.  One size does not fit all, as usual.

I am struck by efforts to create a sense of community and sharing among educators...and the enthusiasm of the instructor/facilitators is infectious.

I do worry a bit about how we interpret what we do.  Yes, process is important, but the factual framework is, as well.  As when I worked with the AP Biology folk, it is easy to completely move away from the prior styles of teaching, and thus throw out some good unintentionally.  A foreign language has structure and process, yes, but needs a framework of vocabulary.

Perhaps the best approach is to mirror recommendation discussed today.  I do indeed think it is important to state what we would like students to remember from a course---the "take away toolbox," so to speak.  Perhaps we should do the same with what we expect students to know/be able to do when they come to class.

The goal is to create a classroom environment where we facilitate learning. A colleague of mine from graduate school, Daniel Klionsky, does just that.  Here is a nice description (and some references) of Dan's approach:

Getting back to our workshop, I was excited to see how what I learned from Kimberly Tanner at ASMCUE dovetails into what we are learning at this Residency.

In essence, we are trying to help the students see the "image" of what we teach the same way we do:  process and facts working together (the iceberg versus ice cube model Patrice introduced).  I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of different styles of learning; I certainly have seen that in my classroom!

Janet spent some time with us on goals versus objectives versus otucomes; core concepts versus core competencies.

Things got a little fast today, and I am glad that the slides and handouts are on the wiki.

Carol's enthusiasm and good cheer carried the day.  It was challenging to "work up" and "unpack" some learning objectives, but we are all trying.  I also enjoyed Carol's presentation after dinner.  The "scratch off" quiz approach was nothing I had ever seen before.  I look forward to hearing how we can do more effective assessment and better feedback without a lot more grading!

So far, a nice start to this Residency!  Back to work on my learning objectives...