Various classroom activities I have helped to design, and professional development workshops I have attended.
With teammates Sylvana Yelda and Tuan Do I led a redesign of the Fourier Optics Lab for the CfAO Adaptive Optics Summer School. The Fourier Optics Lab is a three-hour laboratory activity to acquaint participants with some of the fundamental qualitative principles of wave optics. The lab also gives practical hands-on experience with simple optical systems. To expose each group to a greater number of phenomena relating to Fourier Optics, each group also has several opportunities to discuss their observations and challenges with other participants.
"Participants work on a design team during and after the workshop, continue developing skills through mini-workshops and expert consultation, and put their new teaching skills into practice. The practical teaching experience takes place in "teaching labs" -- CfAO-affiliated educational programs or courses. PDP participants leave the program as highly trained, innovative, and reflective scientist/engineer educators." -- CfAO PDP Website
I was the Teaching Assistant for this course, which was taught by Prof. Ned Wright in Winter 2008. I led weekly discussion sections and three two-hour exam review sessions. On the whole, standard physical science problem-solving was eschewed in favor of more conceptual discussions of the course material. In addition, I regularly distributed handouts describing recent discoveries and advances in cosmology, and we discussed their significance and relevance to the course.
I helped update the course materials for this lab, and served as TA for two quarters. (Course materials website)