Secondary Education prof is ready to beat the clock at FoT Spots

David Chorney, associate professor of Secondary Education, will be one of seven award-winning UAlberta professors delivering rapid-fire talks at FoT Spots on May 5.

Their challenge? To share the creative teaching techniques they use to fuel the academic passions of their students, in Pecha Kucha-inspired talks that last five minutes or less. To see if David is ready to beat the clock, we asked him to answer five questions in five minutes.

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I have 23 years teaching experience. Seven years full time at the Grade 7-12 level. Sixteen years at post-secondary – four years as a grad student instructor and 12 years as a professor.

Q: Who inspired you to teach?
A: Honestly, no one. Call it simply a self-driven, internal passion.

Q: What is your teaching philosophy in five words?
A: To inspire & make students think. (Five words plus one character.)

Q: Has technology changed the way you teach?
A: Technology has changed the way I deliver content and construct learning opportunities. Technology has also allowed me to accept students' interpretations of their learning in new and various formats. Technology has allowed me to do more in terms of creating additional/varied teaching and learning experiences than I had done 5-10 years ago.

Simplistically, technology can be just a tool or a compilation of tools. Without these tools, effective teaching and learning can still occur. I really can’t imagine our world anymore without "technology", but in the vocation of teaching, appropriate and purposeful technological integration must always be considered by all teachers.

Q: Final question: what is the best/worst time of day for teaching?
A: The worst time for teaching has got to be 1 p.m. ... Lunch time has just passed, and students and myself included are feeling sleepy and satisfied by whatever they ate or drank for lunch, OR my students and I are feeling grumpy and irritated because NOTHING has been eaten or drank yet, and not one thing matters as much as satisfying the bodily desire to be satiated by food or drink.

If lunch has been consumed, the body seems to be more concerned with digestion versus learning, lecturing, moving, or engaging in anything too cerebral. Trust me, I'm speaking from experience as both a student and a teacher. Don't take a class from me at 1 p.m. ... It may not be good for either of us.

He did it—five questions in five minutes! To learn more about David Chorney and what makes him an excellent teacher, check out “For Love of the Game.” To find out more about FoT Spots and register to see David and his fellow presenters in action, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.