Welcome! I’m Kateri Salk, an aquatic biogeochemist who is committed to effective teaching and mentoring. In this portfolio, I reflect on my teaching, scholarship, and professional development in undergraduate science education. Throughout these experiences, I have developed a perspective on teaching that centers around four core principles. In this teaching portfolio, I highlight the principle(s) associated with each activity or material using icons, which are described below.
Employing an inquiry-based approach in instruction allows students to develop skills such as analysis and evaluation rather than recall. By practicing the scientific method, students gain conceptual knowledge and experiential skills.
Cooperation supports interdependence, accountability, and interpersonal skills that are essential for science careers. Incorporating cooperative learning into the classroom also increases student learning gains beyond that which could be achieved alone.
Evidence-based teaching practices and teaching-as-research treat the classroom as its own study system, in which experiments can be conducted to test different teaching approaches and data can be collected to evaluate future improvements to teaching. This process allows teachers to integrate scientific practices more fully into instruction and consistently improve student learning experiences.
To be an effective mentor, one must not only help their mentee gain knowledge, but must also provide emotional support and act as a connecting link for resources the mentee needs. Diverse mentoring relationships in academia require a flexible approach and can range from informal to formal.