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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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A Personal Account of Becoming a Member of My Community
This Month's Teaching Strategy comes to us by one of our very own CAE community members. Danielle Martino—or Danny, as we know her—first became involved in our... More >>
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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 >>
More Teaching Strategies Image A New Online Astronomy Resource for General Education and the General Public: On August 6, 1991, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee created the first publicly available website on the Internet, starting a wildfire that still burns strongly... More >>
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Astronaut Peggy Whitson Trains For a Spacewalk
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson trains underwater for a spacewalk at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Whitson is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in late 2016 as part of Expedition 50/51.... 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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