In this episode, Mark talks with Chance Hoellwarth, who is the director of the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education and professor in the Physics Department at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He talks about his journey from physics undergraduate to working in physics education, and finally to Cal Poly’s CESAME, where he works to expose teachers and potential teachers to excellent teaching methods. He talks about how he first learned of modeling instruction and about the workshops at Cal Poly in physics, biology, and chemistry.
Dr. Hoellwarth is the director of the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education and professor in the Physics Department at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. The Center’s mission is more and better-prepared science and math teacher and more-diverse STEM professionals. Their main activities are to get undergraduates to try teaching experiences and professional development for in-service science teachers.
[23:43] Chance Hoellwarth: “So how do we sort of create and think about what’s the culture that we’re creating in our classrooms? …I think modeling sort of did this [by] default, but I think you could even be more explicit about supporting people, giving people counter-narratives to the narratives that are out there that are telling people, look, women and underrepresented people don’t belong in physics and really paying attention to language, you know, and, and saying, Hey, how do we sort of value what people bring and teach people sort of the language that we’re using? Because I think there’s a whole dynamic in there that I’m just starting to understand.”
[26:01] Chance Hoellwarth “And so making sure that you don’t throw out what they know, because they don’t say it in the way that you think it should be said, right. You have to pay attention to that point where no, what are they really trying to say? And what do they really understand? And then how do we translate that into the academic language”