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A Revised "How-To" Guide
Faculty often ask us what they can do to “get out of lecture mode” in their classrooms. After completing a CAE Teaching Excellence Workshop, participants commonly report back that Think-Pair-Share is the technique they plan to try first. We agree it's a great place to start! So how do you effectively implement Think-Pair-Share in the classroom? Through years of classroom experimentation, we've come up with a set of steps and phrases we find motivate students to earnestly engage with your TPS ... More >>
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More Teaching Strategies Image What "Makes the Grade"?
Bridging the Gap Between Instructor and Student Expectations
How many times during a semester do we answer questions about grades? "Why didn't I get full credit for the homework?" "How can I get an A in this class?" "What... More >>
More Teaching Strategies Image Revving Up for Fall: Fostering Science Literacy for Our Students
and Scholarliness in Our Teaching
It's August, and classes are just around the corner. So, before this happens, we'd like you to take just a few minutes (or longer, if you like) to read two... More >>
More Teaching Strategies Image Moderation Continues to Grow by Leaps & Bounds
Tips from Our New Guest Moderator on Moderation
Hello, fellow astronomy educators! I'm Patrick M. Len ("P-dog" to my students), and I am your new Guest Moderator for Astrolrner@CAE. I currently teach physics... More >>
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Seeing the Universe through NASA's Eyes
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Field Testing NASA's New Carbon-Dioxide Measuring Instrument
A team of NASA scientists and engineers is poised to realize a lifetime goal: building an instrument powerful and accurate enough to gather around-the-clock global atmospheric carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements from space. Developers of the CO2 Sounder Lidar instrument snapped this photo during a field campaign over California and Nevada.... Read More >>

CAE is housed in the Astronomy Dept. at the Univ. of Arizona's Steward Observatory. CAE is funded through the generous contributions of the NASA JPL Exoplanet Exploration Public Engagement Program. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0715517, a CCLI Phase III Grant for the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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