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Richard NeSmith

Blog: http://rantings007.blogspot.com.au/

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Personal Statement

My interest in Information and Communications Technology and Education are a natural marriage for a science educator. I taught secondary education as a science teacher and sought to make as much uses as I could to help students learn. This did not change when I entered higher education as a teacher-educator. I have, for the last 8 years always taught some kind of "technology integration" course for graduate and undergraduate students. For six months I moonlighted teaching several courses online and I LOVED IT. As a result I have left my position as dean of education in a traditional setting to teaching online full time.

I believe the key to being an effective teacher is to utilize all kinds of strategies so that all kinds of students can learn from all kinds of learning styles.

ICT Interests

I have created and taught web-enhanced courses since 1995. Some of my graduate work was complete with a few courses in distance education. In desiring a more complete picture of what it is like to learn online from a student's perspective, I enrolled in a graduate program from an accredited online university here in the U.S. I found the experience very positive and though I witnessed some good practices, I also saw areas that could be improved upon. In Aug. 2008 I began teaching and mentoring doctoral students while continuing my full-time post. This proved to be even more impressive and I have found the experience to be very fulfilling, enriching, and I have formed a very good relationships with my students. In April 2009 I left my job as dean of education in a traditional setting and have been teaching graduate students online ever since. I still find it very fulfilling. :-)

Recent Projects

Am working on a manuscript addressing brain-based learning with applications for middle level teachers and students. 

Publications

NeSmith, R. A. (in press). De-sensationalizing media reporting regarding TIMMS results. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 35(3), ??-??.

NeSmith, R. A. (2009). The nature and history of anatomy and physiology: A blast from the past. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 35(2), ??-??.

NeSmith, R. A., & Hendley, T. (2009). Sexual misconduct: Teachers and students. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 35(1), 27-32.

NeSmith, R. A. (2009). Podcast: Getting more classroom time to teach. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 34(3), 20-25.

NeSmith, R. A. (2008). Will technology transform science education and our schools? Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association,34(2), 34-38.

NeSmith, R. A., & Butler, M. K. (2008). Lessons on teaching and technology from Roomba! Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 33(3), 44-51.

NeSmith, R. A. (2007). Moving beyond simplistic pedagogy in teaching science. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 33(2), 25-32.

NeSmith, R. A. (2007). Bigger than life heroes cast large shadows. [Review of the book Red, White and Black: The Peoples of Early North America]. Journal of Teaching with Compassion, Competence, and Commitment. 1(2), 93-96.

NeSmith, R. A. (2007). Preparing for school with the three R's: Rest, relaxation, and renewal. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 33(1), 19-22.

NeSmith, R. A. (2007). Facilitating student academic success really begins with course design. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 32(3), 36-44.

NeSmith, R. A. (2006). Play ball! NCLB Science Accountability. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 32(2), 22-27.

NeSmith, R. A. (2006). Middle school recommendations: Improving middle school student success is vital in 2006. Charleston, IL: Eastern Illinois Journal. 35(1), 9-16.

NeSmith, R. A. (2006). Brain-based strategies are needed to improve student science achievement, not clichés. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 32(1), 26-33.

NeSmith, R. A. (2005). School figures. [Review of the book School figures: The data behind the debate]. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 31(2), 12.

NeSmith, R. A. (2005). Are student perceptions of teaching an important variable that influences student achievement? Champaign, IL: University of Illinois, Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 31(1), 19-25.

NeSmith, R. A. (2005). Building bridges to success by building relationships. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois. Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, 31(2), 16-17.

NeSmith, R. A. (2004). Student perceptions of you and your science classroom environment. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois, Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. 30(3), 21-25.

NeSmith, R. A. (2004). The importance of you and your science classroom environment in helping students learn: An introduction. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois, Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. 30(2), 25-26.

NeSmith, R. A. (2004). Creatures of habit. University of Illinois, Spectrum: The Journal of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. 30(1), 31-33.

NeSmith, R. A. (2003). Students' and Teachers' Perceptions of Effective Teaching and Learning in the Middle Level Science Classroom: The Effects on Students' Achievement. Unpublished dissertation for D.Sc.Ed. Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. Available at: http://adt.curtin.edu.au/theses/available/adt-WCU20050426.093353/

NeSmith, R. A. (2002). Various approaches to improving the curriculum and teaching of science in secondary schools. The Australia Journal of Private Education: Educare News, 173, 47-49.

NeSmith, R. A. (2001). Four practical applications to improving the teaching of science. The Australia Journal of Private Education: Educare News, 119, 51-52.

NeSmith, R. A. (2001). A structural approach to the implementation of middle school philosophy. The Australia Journal of Private Education: Educare News, 117, 40-42.

NeSmith, R. A. (2001). The middle-school philosophy. The Australia Journal of Private Education: Educare News, 116, 42-44.

PUBLICATIONS (other):

NeSmith, R. A. (in progress). Brain-based pedagogy. Textbook designed for graduate-level training in Learning Theory.

NeSmith, R. A. (2000). Human Biology CD: 2000. Self-published. [Entire human biology course on interactive CD-ROM, piloted in Western Australian secondary school, 2000-2001].

NeSmith, R. A. (1997). How middle grade students perceive effective teaching and learning. Unpublished educational specialist thesis, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.

NeSmith, R. A. (1996-2006). Dr. Richard A. NeSmith's Web-based Courses. Retrieved April 4, 2005 from Eastern Illinois University, Elementary and Middle Level Education Web site: http://nesmith2.tripod.com

NeSmith, R. A. (1997). How middle grade students perceive effective teaching and learning. Unpublished educational specialist thesis, Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.

NeSmith, R. A. (1996-2006). Dr. Richard A. NeSmith's Web-based Courses. Retrieved April 4, 2005 from Eastern Illinois University, Elementary and Middle Level Education Web site: http://nesmith2.tripod.com


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