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Essay Instructions

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park.

We ask each participant in this workshop to write a short essay about their experience/expertise related to teaching and learning about temporal concepts. The purpose of this essay is to provide an introduction to the other workshop participants to your work and thinking on time and temporal topics. The essays will be posted on the workshop website and become part of the On the Cutting Edge resource collections. We hope that your essay will be a strong piece of writing sharing a few important ideas, points, or results that you think will be of high interest to the other participants, rather than a comprehensive list of all of your work. Your essay might address:

  • challenges in teaching or learning about temporal concepts, strategies you have used that are designed to meet those challenges, and your reflections on whether and how well those strategies work
  • strategies you use to assess students' understanding of temporal concepts, or
  • research you have been engaged with that bears on the teaching, learning or understanding of temporal concepts.

Essays should be no longer than two pages. We will ask each of you to read all of the essays prior to the workshop, so your colleagues will appreciate your efforts at brevity and clarity. If there are references (either your own or the work of others) that are important to your thinking, please list them at the end of the essay. Please save your essay as a Microsoft Word or PDF file to upload with your workshop registration.

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