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Alumni describe how to excel at what they do well

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The Experts’

The HMC Bulletin sought alumni experts to demonstrate just how diverse and remarkable Mudders are. We searched Class Notes and Impact Project information, sought staff recommendations, and reviewed suggestions from alumni and friends. We then began the fun but difficult task of selecting, contacting and finalizing the list of alumni for this article. You’ll find here 14 alumni with diverse careers and interests, who offer an array of valuable advice.

HOW TO

Select the best method of education for your child

Derrick Chau ’97 is principal of Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School (Stern MASS), designed to prepare students from East Los Angeles to be successful in four-year colleges and to be able to pursue doctoral degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Prior to becoming principal, Chau chaired the science department of Gertz-Ressler High School.

People tend to make human learning out to be more complicated than it really is. I’ve realized this based on working in schools, in education research, and with my own son. Human learning can be simplified as a cyclical process with the following steps: Clear objective. If you don’t know what you’re supposed to learn, you’re probably not going to learn it. Effective instruction. One-on-one instruction is best,

but more effective teachers do their best to approximate that by differentiating instruction. Consistent feedback. Great instructors, like coaches,

are the ones who provide clear, frequent feedback to learners as they practice. Self-reflection. “Lifelong” learners are a big educational buzz-word, but really great teachers facilitate students’ own understandings about how they learn (metacognitive skills). Summative assessments. You need to know if you met your objective, or else go back to Step 1 and revise.

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tive if one (or more) of these steps is weak. It’s important to distinguish between formative assessment (practice) and summative assessment (tests). Whatever method of educa- tion you choose for your child, make sure that adequate opportunities are available for your child to practice freely and to receive feedback—with no consequences (only feed- back) for poor practice time. Academic athletes, like sports athletes, need feedback and practice to achieve greatness. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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