This is a draft of the address Timothy Dohrer delivered at the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies Convocation on June 21, 2013. As a graduate of the program himself (M.A. English, 1995), it was an opportunity to congratulate the students for accomplishing this monumental undertaking and get them thinking about using their new skills and knowledge to give back to their community. There is power in education. The question is: how do we use it?
I have chosen a People Search as a Before Reading Activity for the chapter on Atomic Structure for several reasons. The first is that this encourages students to activate and make connections to any prior knowledge they may have on the topic.