Teaching Atmospheric Science

Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Gordon: Ed Gordon Suite

Session Chairs

Todd Ellis, Western Michigan University
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss, develop, and share ideas on what works in atmospheric science education. Focusing primarily on undergraduate and graduate education settings, participants will get a chance to share their best practices and current challenges on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. We will also discuss how to find and apply current research relevant to our classroom practice and discuss ways to collaborate in the future.


Are you teaching meteorology for the first time and are looking for ways to integrate real-time data in your class? Or, have you been teaching for many years but are still searching for the best way to help your student understand the equations of motion? Would you like a place to connect with others who are teaching meteorology or atmospheric science? This workshop is designed to help you take your teaching to the next level by giving you an opportunity to focus on some aspect of your courses, and share and receive feedback from others encountering challenges unique to teaching meteorology. We will address strategies for meeting some of these challenges, and discuss how we can build a community of educators with the goal of supporting each other and finding new ways to tackle some long-standing difficulties in meteorology education.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for faculty of all levels of experience, teaching meteorology courses at any level (even as a part of a broader environmental- or earth-science course). Workshop participants should come with a 'challenge' in mind for which they would like feedback or which they would like to improve or develop. A survey will be forthcoming to anyone who signs up in order to organize working groups.


The main goal for this workshop is that, by the end, participants should have developed one of the following:

  • A plan of action for addressing a particular pedagogical challenge they face in meteorology
  • Select a topic and plan for further research of interest to the atmospheric science education community
We also plan to form a community of practice from this group in order to facilitate further discussion, plans for research, and to organize an agenda for future workshops.


Through the workshop, participants will have opportunities to meet with others who have similar teaching interests, and to collaborate on an intervention or plan to meet a common challenge in teaching meteorology. There will be opportunities for feedback and sharing, as well as discussion of how best to assess whether the new plan is working! Participants will also develop a long-term plan for continued professional development and networking in the teaching of meteorology (curriculum development or classroom research).

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