Karla Panchuk, petragogue

I am a geology instructor at the University of Saskatchewan and St. Peter’s College.

I earned undergraduate and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Saskatchewan, and a doctorate at Penn State.  My scientific interests include complexity in natural and human-driven systems.

As a teacher I spend a lot of time puzzling over the best way to reach my students.  At a minimum I would like them to understand and remember some of what I’ve taught them.  Far better, however, would be to have them connect with the subject manner in a way that forever alters how they view their world.

People who worry about this sort of thing- the hows and whys of teaching and learning- are engaged in the study of pedagogy.  Very loosely defined, petrology is the study of rocks.  I figure that makes my goal as a geology instructor- to imbue students with a sense of wonder at the workings of the Earth- a study in petragogy.

Every blog needs a disclaimer, so here goes:

Disclaimer:  The things I say in this blog are intended to represent my opinions only.  I do not speak for any persons or organizations with whom I am affiliated.  This blog is for your information only, and I am not an expert.  I hope you find the information here useful, but I do not guarantee that it is accurate or complete.  I do not guarantee that the links will work, or that they will send you where I say they will send you.  You use the information I provide here at your own risk.  Should you come to harm after using information derived from this blog, I am not responsible, but would feel greatly distressed, and wonder how the heck you managed to use this stuff to get yourself in trouble.  I reserve the right to make changes to this blog and this disclaimer as I see fit.

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