Thursday Luncheon Speakers
Keep Calm. Lecture On: Strategies that transform regular instruction into dynamic learning
Despite the poor reputation of lecturing, it remains an effective and efficient method of instruction when done appropriately. In this keynote address, participants will be shown a variety of techniques to make their instruction more dynamic, interactive, and meaningful. These activities will include using prism goggles, interactive webpages, working with cueing and prediction strategies, and practicing word chunking exercises. While the various activities are demonstrated, an explanation of why these techniques are useful in the learning process will be given. Participants will learn about the interaction of both long-term and short-term memory and how this influences the overall comprehension of their content. They will also better understand how each of the following five learning components are used to engage students: attention, prior knowledge, personal relevance, patterning and organization, and retrieval and rehearsal. By the end of this keynote, teachers will be more proficient at developing and executing a more student-centered classroom instruction. An additional opportunity to engage with the material by participating in the activities will be offered immediately following the keynote. Given the importance of reflection to the development of deeper, fuller comprehension, participants will also be given time to review the ideas given in the presentation and discuss implementing these within their future classes during this subsequent session.
Friday Ed Mueller Luncheon
Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold, and during that time he won every teaching award for which he was eligible. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has received special recognitions for his contributions to ecology and conservation from the Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the American Ornithologists' Union, the Explorer's Club, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has been President of the Society for Conservation Biology and Chairman of the Board of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.