One of the great perks of astronomy is that it's a wonderful vehicle
for getting students excited about science.
Teaching science is something which is very important to me and
something I take great satisfaction in trying to do well.
At UCLA, I co-taught for two years the introductory astrophysics
course for majors, Astro 81, with Prof. Andrea Ghez.
- As part of my
broader impacts work as an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics
Postdoctoral Fellow, I revised the curriculum for this class and
developed new educational materials following modern learner-centered
principles of science education. ("Think-Pair-Share" questions,
online activities, reading guides, and more.)
The results of this effort are summarized in this
poster from the 2009 AAS meeting and an article in the June 2010 AAS
Education Newsletter, Spark. If you're interested in
getting copies of any of my materials, please let me know!
At Berkeley, I was a teaching assistant for the following courses:
- Astro 122
The Undergrad Infrared
Laboratory, with James Graham
in Fall 2004.
- Astro 7a
Fall 2001, with Hy Spinrad. I was head TA for
this higher-level undergraduate course. See my Astro 7 page here.
- Astro 10
Gibor Basri's Spring 2001 Astronomy
10 class. See my Astro 10 page here.
- Astro 10
Don Goldsmith's fall 2001 Astro 10 class.
I've twice attended the CFAO's Professional Development
Workshop on Inquiry-based teaching techniques. Highly recommended!
I wrote a statement of my teaching
philosophy during the Teaching Astronomy seminar I took with Bryan
Mendez during fall 2000. There are a few things I'd say differently
now, but by and large I stand by this.