Associate professor, inventive teacher
She could’ve elected just to lecture and run a lab. But Barbara Musolf would rather throw everything she has at students to get them to learn more … and learn better.
The onetime Montessori teacher embeds the scientific method into classroom lessons, opening students’ eyes to the mechanics
Her menu of meta-cognition techniques — like insisting that students reflect on and talk about what they study — grows skills that have staying power.
Just as important, she’s helping students master the art of working together.
“Group learning helps them see how other people think,” she says. “They become more thoughtful about how they connect with each other, and they see what it takes to function in a team.”