Panel Preview: For Academia Geeks

Image source: Giphy [Image description: The character professor Sybill Trelawney, from the Harry Potter series, welcomes her students to class. She has shoulder length curly hair, and is enthusiastically extending her arms out in front of her. She is wearing large, thick-rimmed glasses, a headband, and a green blouse. The caption reads “Welcome!”]

Can you believe that GeekGirlCon ‘19 is just 49 days away? Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing curated lists of panels that we think you’ll enjoy. Our first list is for the Academia Geeks.

Are you still waiting for an owl to deliver your acceptance letter to Hogwarts? Perhaps you’re a teacher who wishes they could teach jutsu from the Hidden Leaf village? Maybe you dream of teaching like one of your favorite characters? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we have the perfect panels for you!

During Potions and Pedagogy: Exploring Depictions of Teaching in Genre Media, a panel of experienced (and nerdy) teachers will apply their personal knowledge and current educational theory to the world of fictional classrooms. Panelists will discuss all sorts of fictional educational settings, from the cadet training of space to the classrooms of Hogwarts. Get transported to your favorite fictional classroom on Sunday, November 17 from 1:00-2:00pm.

Image source: Giphy [Image description: The character Ms. Frizzle, from the cartoon Magic School Bus series, invites her students onto the bus. Her red curly hair is in an up-do, and is wearing a purple dress that features pictures of food. She is sitting in the driver’s seat of a yellow school bus, and is gesturing with her right hand to get onto the bus. Her pet lizard Liz is on her lap, holding the steering wheel. The caption reads “Sea tbelts everyone!”]

Learn how to better engage diverse learners and build community in the high school and college classroom at the Fandom as Pedagogy: Geeking Up the High School and College Classroom panel. Yes, there will be examples on how to share fandom in your pedagogy! Catch this panel on Saturday, November 16 from 4:00-5:00pm.

Are you an aspiring teacher, or just curious to find out what teachers are thinking? Make sure to go to the Queer and Nerdy Educators Q&A, and get your questions answered on Saturday, November 16 from 1:30-2:30pm.

We hope that these panels inspire academia geeks to keep learning, and keep teaching. See you in 49 days!

Image source: Giphy [Image description: Yoda, from the Star Wars series, rests his hand on a walking stick and says “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Yoda is a short, green creature with large pointy ears and a few grey hairs on his head. He is dressed in rags. The background is a dark, misty jungle.]

Kalyna Durbak
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Kalyna Durbak

Kalyna is a copywriter at GeekGirlCon, and a professional Jill-of-all-trades.

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