Education Teatime Workshops

Education Teatime Workshops offer an opportunity for members of our community to become more acquainted with the science education literature and best practices.

The workshops will cover topics that may be of interest to a broad range of individuals who would like to learn more about education research, pedagogical theory, and/or the practical application of best practices within classrooms. We will discuss publications about innovations and best practices in teaching, findings from learning assessment studies, and/or the incorporation of education research based methodologies in the classroom. If the workshops are centered around a reading, then the readings for upcoming teatimes are provided below.

Join us for a cup of tea (or coffee!) and conversation at these workshops!

Teatime Workshops Archive

Bridget Molloy

Title: Cultivating Awareness of Climate Change and Student Leadership through Project-Based Learning in the High School Science Classroom

Teatime Date & Time: Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

View the materials from Bridget Molloy’s Workshop

Bridget Molloy is a 2013 graduate from Boston University’s Masters of Art in Teaching program for Science Education. During the program she completed her teaching practicum at Quincy High School in Biology, earned a graduate certificate in Global Ecology Education and completed an internship with the New England Aquarium in curriculum development and design. In 2009, Bridget received her BA in both molecular biology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado. She also attended a workshop at the Smithsonian Institute on educational technologies last summer. This year she was invited to present at the student showcase for the National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) national conference  a unit plan for a high school class in biology that she developed. Bridget’s work focuses on climate change. Within this subject she is cultivating students as leaders and global citizens, as well as on strategies to incorporate educational technology into the classroom.


Carol Gignoux

Title: Teaching Strategies for Students with Special Educational Needs

Teatime Date & Time:  Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

Carol Gignoux, M.Ed. is founder and President of ADD Insights, LLC, a Boston-based firm that provides coaching and training for adults and teens with Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Disabilities and other special needs. She began her work with ADHD immediately upon her graduation from college in 1972, and has continued that work for the past 36 years.  She specializes in working with both teens and adults, with or without an ADHD or LD diagnosis, who want to see better results in their academic, professional and personal lives. Carol has a Master’s Degree in Education focusing on young people with unique learning challenges.  She co-founded the first department of special education in Athens, GA. She spent 17 years working for the City of Boston Public Schools working one-on-one with the most disadvantaged students and managing programs and schools. Before staring her business, she was a school administrator for the town of Sudbury, MA. She has trained with Coach U, Inc. and is a certified graduate. She has also completed a graduate coaching program with the Newfield Network in Minneapolis, MN and an Executive Coach Training Program with Success Dynamics in Concord, MA. Carol co-created the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching, the international organization that certifies ADHD Coaches and ADHD Training Programs. She has achieved the most advanced ADHD coaching designation: the Senior Certified ADHD Coach or SCAC and trains qualified people to be coaches for people with special needs.


Teatime Date & Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @ 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location:  MIT 68-274

Topic: “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World’s Most Surprising School System

We have prepared a special teatime topic. Come prepared to peek inside Finland’s remarkable education system and discuss the similarities and differences from the U.S. education system. This special event will last about an hour and a half. Watch the trailer here.

Here is a link to a recent article on the Finnish Education System published in the Journal Sentinel Online that is relevant to this teatime event.

Teatime Date & Time:  Wednesday, September 21, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

Location:  MIT 68-274

Reading: Writing about Testing Worries Boosts Exam Performance in the Classroom, G. Ramirez and S. Beilock, 2011.

Teatime Date & Time:  Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

Location:  MIT 68-121


Teatime Date & Time:  Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

Location:  MIT 68-121

Reading:  The Null Ritual: What You Always Wanted to Know About Significance Testing but Were Afraid to Ask, G. Gigerenzer, et al., 2004.

Teatime Date & Time:  Thursday, June 9, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

Location:  MIT 68-121

Reading:  Ersatz Learning, Inauthentic Testing, J.F. McClymer and L.Z. Knoles, 1992.