4/17/13 JT Miller: adjustment from HS to elementary science teaching

JT talked with us about his transition from teaching high school physics (including AP) to teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grades student at an independent school in D.C. We talked about levels of math, conceptual issues, and labs.

Here’s the recording.

There is no Global Physics Department this week (4/24). Join us next week (5/1) for Chris Gosling’s description of teaching physics in Argentina.

Group problem solving

John Burk selected several problems from this book for us to all consider. We talked about how we would approach them, and how/whether we’d introduce them to students. It was fascinating looking at how we all used different approaches.

Here’s the recording.

This week (Wednesday, 4/17) we’ll be talking with JT Miller about transitioning from teaching high school physics to middle school science. Join us!

4/3/13 Share-a-thon

We talked with a few members about cool things they’ve done in their teaching. We heard about making a video of dry ice sliding off a bike wheel (from Peter Bohacek), interesting and challenging problems for your students (from John Burk – see below), and using complex numbers in modern physics (from SuperFly).

We also spent time talking about different ideas for how to improve the Global Physics Department. We brainstormed several things, but realized that we need more input from the larger community. If you could, please take a couple minutes to fill out this google docs feedback form.

Here’s the recording of the session.

This week (4/10 at 9pm ET) we’re going to explore community problem solving, by tackling some of the problems from the book John talked with us about. We’re hoping that, by collaboratively brainstorming a solution, we’ll learn something for ourselves and our teaching. Please join us!