On this week’s podcast I talk with marine scientist and educator Lacie Ownbey of the Indianapolis Zoo. We talk mostly about a specific kind of learner engagement: one that is authentic – related to real-life science concepts. Engaging with content directly gives students, especially young ones, an emotional – or affective – connection with the material.
Incidentally, affective engagement is my jargon word of the week – check out the jargon blog post for what this word can mean for you and your teaching. Click here for more!
Our conversation is wide-ranging – from the challenges of being an early-career informal educator to what it’s like to swim with bull sharks! Check it out in the player below, or follow using your favorite podcast app.
Oh, and you’re a lava monster…
Don’t forget to listen until the fun fact at the end. This week’s comes from San Francisco’s Exploratorium educator Gwen Payne… and it is, indeed, that you are a lava monster. Find out why at the end of my conversation with Lacie!