Countdown to VOICES: presenter profile #1 (Kristin Chavis)

A first-of-its-kind online conference, VOICES will explore the use of music to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) on Sept. 27-28. This post is the first in a series of brief profiles of people who will be presenting their work at this conference.

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Kristin Chavis is a biology teacher at Green Oaks High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her use of music in the classroom was recently featured on ABC News. The title and abstract of her VOICES presentation are as follows:

SCHOOL YOU IN BIOLOGY: LET MUSIC DO THE WORK
In the 21st century classroom students don’t just want to hear you talk for 20+ minutes. You may feel like you’re being informative or that it’s necessary, but for the learners not so much. Our society has created a generation of people with such short attention spans. People are more receptive to music, dance and videos. Combine those together and you get engagement and 21st century learning. Learn how to put your STEM lesson in an effective song format which will allow the song do the teaching. As the educator you will just have to facilitate, monitor and assess. If a mini-lecture does take place the learner has the song to reflect back to. However making a general song is not effective. You must study the culture, know your content and assess using your own material.

Kristin is one of over 40 people who will present their ideas, insights, and investigations at VOICES. To have full access to all presenters and their presentations, please register for the conference. It’s only $10!

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