Teaching problem solving in STEM fields can often result in instructors relying on students' innate executive functioning skills. Some students struggle with executive functions and testing students on executive functioning skills is probably not what you intend to test. Here, I describe executive functions and how to use instructional scaffolding in the framework of Universal Design to teach problem solving to all learners.
In October 2019, I attended the CIRTL forum on preparing future faculty as change leaders toward inclusive STEM higher education. I enjoyed the perspectives by graduate students, adminsitrators, and current faculty. I highlight some of my favorite quotes and advice given by faculty members. I make a few suggestions for how to make conferences more accessible.