I’ve been teaching on and off since I was in middle school. I love it! Just don’t ask me to get up at 6 a.m. to do it. In addition to looking through the materials I’ve put online (below), you can check out the blog posts I’ve made about teaching.
Parts and Crafts
Parts and Crafts is run by my good friends Will and Katie. Over the past few years, I’ve led a true variety of activities, including: making telegraphs, roleplaying a cholera outbreak, drawing a giant board game on the floor, computing baseball statistics, making batteries out of various foods, taking high speed photography, making dry ice rockets, and more.
Summer Institute for the Gifted
I’ve taught at SIG for three summers, working with students from late elementary school through high school. Subjects have included psychology, debate, mock trial, astrobiology, and etymology.
Moral Psychology Lab, Harvard
As lab manager, I mentored more than half a dozen undergraduates working in the lab, including helping several students create their own experiments. During the summer, I oversaw our intern program and organized a weekly journal club to introduce students to the classics of the field.
- TA, Intro to Cognitive Neuroscience, Hampshire College
In addition to teaching a class on the psychology of emotion and co-leading sheep dissection and ERP labs, I also helped four students develop advanced final projects and evaluated their work.
- Make a ‘choose your own adventure’ story. Instructions & guide. (7 and up, depending on language skills.)
- An introductory lesson about the ocean. Overall plan, density activity, worksheets. (6 and up.)
- Use your vocabulary (and creativity!) to make a special kind of pun: the Tom Swifty. Student Worksheet. Examples for worksheet taken from Fun With Words. (12 and up.)
- Introduces students to behavioral economics by having them play economic games to win candy. Teacher’s Guide. (12 and up.)
- Short mock trial cases to help students practice witness examinations and making objections. Cases, Objections Handout, Notes for Instructors. (12 and up.)
- Explore roots and prefixes by making paper clip word chains. Teacher’s Guide. (12 and up.)
- A series of short, fun lessons on topics related to astrobiology (the search for life in outer space.) Mars Rover, Candy Evolution. (8 and up.)
- A list of “eponyms” – words named after historical or mythological people. Eponyms. (10 and up.)
- Eureka! Hour-long activities blending history and science, eventually I hope to make these available in modular form:
1) epidemiology and filter construction in revolutionary France
2) building telegraphs to communicate with President Lincoln
- A roundup of videos, books, and other activities for teaching a psychology survey course. Used for Splash 2012.