Why RA in Science?

At the RA Winter Conference, 3CSN Network Coordinator Cleavon Smith was able to interview Will Brown, a professional development associate at WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative, about why STEM instructors find RA to be beneficial.

What does it mean for STEM students to grapple with texts?

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Ev5LScmuk[/youtube]

Will articulates the first goal of RA in a STEM classroom: to help instructors become aware of their expert blind spot and to be able to articulate the knowledges, processes and patterns of thinking that have become invisible to them.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLIdv0dNHx0[/youtube]

Will explains the second Goal of RA in a STEM classroom:  to engage students in metacognitive conversations about texts which introduces them to these discipline-specific ways of knowing.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAJypVbkFJw[/youtube]

What are some of specific examples of how RA can work in a STEM class?

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUVezeaw7gI[/youtube]


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