Magen Goforth

Magen Goforth

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My students love the service learning that is implemented into our coursework. Often, these experiences provide them with additional internship opportunities. Some have even gone on to work summer jobs with many of our organizations. 

Evaluating service learning in a classroom involves using formative and summative assessments to asses students' engagement, learning outcomes, personal growth, and contributions to the community through their service experiences. These evaluation processes include measuring students' understanding of course content, critical reflection on their service activities, development of transferrable skills, and impact on the community. Evaluating service learning also involves gathering feedback from students, community partners, and instructors, monitoring student progress and performance, and assessing the alignment of service activities with community needs and outcomes. By evaluating our service-learning programs, we can determine their effectiveness, identify areas of improvement and new… >>>

Service learning integrates community service with academic knowledge to provide students with practical, hands-on experience that contributes to personal growth, civic engagement, and social responsibility. By engaging in service learning, our students can apply classroom knowledge to real-world issues, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, understand societal needs more deeply, and enhance their communication and teamwork abilities. Service learning fosters a sense of empathy, cultural awareness, and ethical leadership while promoting positive social change and community development. Through service learning experiences, our students can make meaningful contributions to society, build connections with diverse communities, and prepare for future careers by… >>>

Each of my classes incorporates a service-based application into our final. These live applications allow students to be involved in their communities or campuses and apply what they have learned to real-world events.

Lab safety is of the utmost importance in a classroom setting to ensure the well-being and protection of students, educators, and others in our lab environment. It is essential to adhere to strict safety protocols, guidelines, and practices to prevent accidents, injuries, and hazardous situations. By following proper lab safety procedures, students can minimize risks, handle equipment and materials safely, avoid exposure to harmful substances, and respond effectively in case of emergencies. Educating our students on lab safety promotes a culture of responsibility, awareness, and respect for the scientific processes, fostering a safe and conducive learning environment for hands-on lessons.… >>>

In a live lab setting, evaluating student progress involves assessing students' performance, understanding, and skills during hands-on experiments, practical activities, and demonstrations. Creating assessments that include observing the students' lab techniques, problem-solving skills, data analysis skills, and adherence to safety protocols will help ensure course objectives are met, aiming to measure students' mastery of lab procedures and proficiency in conducting experiments and interpreting results.

Active learning and cooperative learning are both student-centered instructional approaches that aim to engage students in learning, promote collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, and enhance learning outcomes. While these two approaches have similarities, they fundamentally differ in implementation and focus. Active and cooperative learning are valuable instructional approaches that promote student engagement. Educators can incorporate both techniques to create a dynamic and effective learning environment that caters to diverse learning styles and preferences.

I learned that evaluating assessments in the classroom involves analyzing the effectiveness of the assessment methods used to measure student's learning and understanding. This process includes assessing the alignment of assessments with learning objectives, the validity and reliability of assessment tools, the fairness and inclusivity of assessment practices, and the feedback provided to students. Evaluating assessments also involves considering the impact of assessments on student motivation, engagement, and learning outcomes, as well as identifying areas for improvement in assessment strategies and practices. By evaluating assessments in a classroom, I learned that I can ensure that my assessments are meaningful, relevant,… >>>

Using online technology, such as learning management systems, web conference platforms, social media, and various apps, in the classroom is essential for enhancing student engagement, facilitating communication and collaboration, providing access to resources, promoting personal learning experiences, and preparing students for the digital-age workforce. 

My biggest takeaway was the importance for instructors to incorporate teaching strategies that provide opportunities for observing, doing, exploring, expanding, and problem-solving. These strategies will effectively engage many different generational learners and create a dynamic learning environment that caters to their unique characteristics and preferences.

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