May 2018

News & Updates

Symposium 2018 Update: 

July and the 2018 PBEA-PLC symposium are drawing nearer! As mentioned in the previous newsletter, learning topics have been proposed. At the symposium we will review last year's topics and discuss new items such how to create valid and reliable multiple choice tests, how to create effective applied learning activities, and how to become a great mentor/coach to your students and colleagues.

Plane tickets have been purchased, and hotel reservations have been made. What relaxing activities would our visiting colleagues care to try while they visit Iowa? 

For suggestions, please contact the PLC team by letting Dr. Judith Levings or graduate student Miranda Morris know what areas of interest the team may enjoy!

Dr. Levings can be reached at her email and graduate student, Miranda Morris at
Preparing for the 2018 Symposium
In preparation for the 2018 PBEA-PLC Teaching and Learning Symposium, faculty in attendance are asked to bring the following items so that we might continue to build upon the 2017 Symposium:
  • A lesson plan or ALA (Applied Learning Activity) that is currently in use in your classrooms or an idea for a lesson plan or ALA that you would like to create.
  • A multiple choice test that is currently in use in the classroom + the testing data set that would accompany the test.
  • Statements or stories of how the PBEA-PLC has impacted your teaching methods and your students.
Faculty participating in the 2018 Symposium are asked to provide these items in order to facilitate group projects and to collaborate with other faculty. 

You Wanted to Know...

Teaching Strategies: How can we help students improve content retention? 

Research indicates that learners pick up and lose knowledge at an alarming rate. As teachers, our goal is not only to ensure students pass tests, but also to give students the skills that they will require to be successful in their careers long after they leave the classroom. 
  • What tools do you use in the classroom to improve student content retention? 
  • How do we know that long-term retention has occurred? 
  • What else can we do to ensure that our students are learning for more than just the ability to pass tests? 
Take a look at the attached video to see if there are any tips that could be used in your classrooms! 

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