Hannah Dise '12
English Professor Michael Mudd '97
Randolph-Macon College students go to the head of the class.
Students minoring in education practiced
their teaching skills in a workshop, Promoting Student Engagement, which took place
on January 10, 2012 in Andrews Hall. They put their audience, R-MC faculty, to the
test during the hands-on workshop.
“The workshop promoted 21st-century learning goals—collaboration, critical thinking,
creativity, communication—through sharing neuroscience research implications about
the brain and learning, including active-learning strategies,” says Education Professor
Leslie Roberson, who, along with Education Professor Michael Mudd ’97, created and
facilitated the workshop.
workshop to view a slideshow of photos from the event.
The following members of the Class of 2012 participated in the workshop: Hannah
Dise, Laura Briere, Cassie Morgan, Brittany Stone, Brittany Richardson, Heather
Brazier, and Sarah Wager. Faculty representing the following departments were also
in attendance: Mathematics,
Religious Studies, English,
Modern Languages, Chemistry,
Biology, Fine Arts, Communication
Professor April Marchetti (chemistry) says the workshop was a great opportunity
to see the education minors “in action” and to learn about some of the teaching
strategies they will soon employ during their student teaching.
“It was great to get some good ideas about how to keep students engaged in the classroom,
because chemistry isn’t always the most interesting subject to every student on
campus,” says Marchetti. “I plan to take some of the techniques that I learned at
the seminar into the classroom in the hope of increasing material retention, keeping
students’ attention throughout class and generally making class more fun!”
One of the workshop activities centered on the communication process between facilitators
and participants. Faculty were handed post-it notes throughout the workshop and
were asked to anonymously write what they were learning. They could also write questions
on the post-its. The slips of paper were put on a “parking lot”—a large bulletin
board—for all to see. At the end of the workshop, participants were given materials
to create “parking lot” posters for use in their own classes.
“This was a great active-learning exercise,” says Mudd, who majored in
international studies and minored in elementary education. Mudd currently
serves as the principal of South Anna Elementary School.
Education Professor Brenda Davis is excited that students had the opportunity to
share best practices in teaching and learning with faculty.
“The faculty response to the workshop invitation was even greater than expected,”
says Davis. “The students were a bit nervous, but they did a fantastic job. I am
especially pleased that Leslie Roberson and Michael Mudd collaborated with seven
of our students to create this workshop. These students are among the 19 who will
begin their student teaching in spring 2012.”