Tolu Noah, EdD
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Noah is an associate professor in the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches education courses to undergraduate students who are pursuing teaching as a vocation. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Tolu became a full‐time teacher through Teach for America (TFA), the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural schools in an effort to close the achievement gap. Tolu taught in both public and independent school settings for nine years before transitioning to higher education as a full-time professor. She has received masters and doctorate degrees in education, taught at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and served in multiple leadership positions related to pre-service teacher
training and in-service teacher professional development. Tolu was a curriculum specialist for one of Teach for America’s intensive summer teacher-training institutes and served as a Professional Learning Community Facilitator for TFA, facilitating monthly professional development meetings about effective curriculum development, assessment strategies, and instructional strategies for beginning teachers. In her role as a professor, Tolu has also conducted workshops for college faculty on facilitating meaningful dialogue about diversity and service-learning pedagogy. These, and other leadership experiences, have enabled her to develop a deeper understanding of the needs of teachers and strategies to help them become more effective educators.
Structuring Your Lectures to Engage Students & Optimize Learning
This session will explore strategies that can be used before, during, and after lectures to help students process the content in active and engaging ways.
Abstract: As educators, we know every minute of instructional time is valuable. So how can we maximize our limited time and ensure that deep student learning occurs? To do so, we must get creative, considering how to engage students in the class content from the moment they enter the room to the moment they leave. In this interactive session, participants will explore a variety of practical strategies that can be used before, during, and after lectures to help students process the content in active ways and to assess student learning along the way. Participants will be equipped with tools they can immediately implement to strengthen their organization and delivery of course content.
Learning Outcomes: After this presentation, participants will be able to:
Describe strategies that can be used before, during, and after lectures to help students process the content in active and engaging ways.
Define Marzano's (2009) "Five Avenues to Understanding" and identify personal areas of strength and growth.
Describe strategies for adjusting lecture content for the future.