Moving out of the (physical) classroom to move out of my comfort zone

Submitted by Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 13:45
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Like most of cohort 1, my second year as a VIPEr Fellow did not go as expected, in that both of my semester options for completing the second half of the project ended up being moved partly or fully online by the pandemic.

I can’t see the forest for the trees so I will count the trees.

Submitted by John Lee / University of Tennessee Chattanooga on Tue, 08/03/2021 - 16:23
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I accepted the invitation to participate as VIPEr Fellow because I wanted to be a more dynamic teacher. After the first year I developed this massive plan to become an extremely active teacher in the classroom and increase the student-teacher and student-student dialogue in the classroom from essentially zero. A year passes and I teach the class again and come back to see that my classroom looks identical to the first year!

A lot can happen to a VIPEr Fellow in two years...

Submitted by Jason D'Acchioli / University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Mon, 07/19/2021 - 12:16
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As I sat down to write this reflection, I looked at the calendar, and realized it’s been over one year since UWSP joined the ranks of academic higgledy-piggledy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some ways it still feels like 2020. COVID is still here, the delta variant is on the rise, and there are still concerns, especially for those not eligible for vaccination. But there is hope. I’ve got two doses of the Moderna vaccine in my arm, I’ve returned to in-person work, and I feel hope for the first time in a while.

Well, THAT didn’t go as planned

Submitted by Catherine McCusker / East Tennessee State University on Thu, 04/08/2021 - 23:28
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     Our first Fellows workshop in the summer of 2019 seems like forever ago now. I left the workshop with so many great ideas and plans for my course. I wanted to practice being a better facilitator of group discussion and in-class group work, to encourage all students to participate.

A VIPEr Fellowship: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Submitted by Craig M. Davis / Xavier University on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 09:26
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My term as a VIPEr Fellow officially began on March 29, 2018, when I accepted the offer from Joanne Stewart to be a member of Cohort #1. The next academic year I video-recorded lectures and passed out surveys in preparation for our June 2019 workshop.

Resiliency during a challenging time

Submitted by Todsapon T. / University of Evansville on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 12:45
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For many of us, the past two semesters may have been the most challenging semesters that we have ever had, not only with classes suddenly being shifted online, but also many other administrative issues like a decrease in enrollment and academic support that negatively affect our morale and our ability to teach.

A Welcome to the Chemistry Learning and Teaching Community

Submitted by RTMacaluso / University of Texas Arlington on Wed, 12/16/2020 - 09:08
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As I reflect over the past two years as a VIPEr Fellow, I cannot help thinking about Raphael’s fresco, Scuola di Atene (School of Athens). Now, to liken the VIPEr fellows with Plato and Aristotle would be far-fetched.

Becoming the instructor I knew I wanted to be

Submitted by Caroline Saouma / University of Utah on Wed, 11/11/2020 - 21:37
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I signed up to be a VIPEr fellow the first year I taught undergrad chemistry. The class was taught traditionally, and I struggled to teach it effectively. Many of my students have families and/or work, leaving little time for studying outside of class (course enrollment ~ 60-80 students). I relied on this website extensively for ideas to make class time more fun and interactive, so being a fellow made sense to me. In addition to being more effective at teaching, I wanted to create a nurturing and inclusive environment. 

If a tree falls in the forest (lecturing on Ligand Field Theory) but no one’s listening, does it make a sound?

Submitted by Gary L. Guillet / Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus on Mon, 09/28/2020 - 15:54
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My charge with this reflection is to try and communicate how being a Fellow impacted my teaching of inorganic chemistry and, more broadly, how participation as a Fellow impacted me as an educator between the 2019 school year, the workshop the following summer, and the 2020 school year.