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  • 22 Dec 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Rutgers Physics Department will be offering a training from July 15th-August 8th for physics teachers of all levels.

    The Rutgers Physics Teacher Summer Training is a four-week professional development program for physics teachers of all levels from conceptual to AP. Teachers meet Monday-Thursday in the Serin Physics Lab at Rutgers New Brunswick to do the following:

    • Design and conduct NGSS-aligned lessons and activities.

    • Implement, modify and discuss inquiry-based lab exercises.

    • Development and modify formative and summative assessments.

    • Receive and analyze a large number of classroom-ready resources for all

    core topics in the physics curriculum.

    • Discuss student motivation and classroom management strategies.

    • Share ideas and best-practices with peers and colleagues.

    • And a whole lot more!

    Total cost $400 for 16 day workshop

    More information here


  • 20 Dec 2018 5:45 AM | Anonymous

    Post-Holiday Blues (and Reds): A Whole New Light

    The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia will be offering two showings of an optics and waves demo show two days in a row on Monday, January 14th and Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30-11:30 am and noon-2 pm.  

    The show is open to students 9th grade and up.  Demonstrations will be in a developing sequence that will be educational as well as entertaining.

    To reserve seats email Peter Harnish pharnish@physics.upenn.edu or Bill Berner at berner@physics.upenn.edu.  Where: David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Lecture Hall A133rd and Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA

  • 26 Nov 2018 10:10 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Workshop:  How to Study Physics

    Information Flyer click here           

    • How hands-on, interactive labs can strengthen your students’ readiness for college Physics
    • What students need to know to be successful
    • Aligned to NJ Learning Standards in Science and Mathematics
    • Use simple, inexpensive techniques
    • Deepen understanding
    • Correct common misunderstandings

    Given by: 

    The Center for Pre-College Programs

    Professor Gordon Thomas, NJIT Physics Dept.

    NJIT Excellence in Teaching Awardee;  Teacher of Freshman Physics

    Date/Time:          

    Thursday  Feb. 7,  2019   

    9:00 am – 2:30 pm           

    Location:             

    NJIT Campus, University Heights, Newark, NJ

    Parking free in NJIT multi-level garage

    Cost:                    

    $50   (registration until 1/24/19, by mail, or on Eventbrite site)

    Eventbrite link here

    Registration Form click here (to mail/send in)


  • 13 Nov 2018 8:10 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Supporting Teachers to Encourage Women in Physics

    Professional Development Workshop

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    South Jersey Tech Park, Classroom 246

    107 Gilbreth Pkwy, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062


    Five (5) Professional Development Hours

    Cost: $161, lunch included

    Register here

    Presenters

    Kathryn Woodle, American Physical Society

    Trevor Smith, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Department of STEAM Education, Rowan University

    Karen Magee-Sauer, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Rowan University

    Content

    The percentage of women earning bachelor's degrees in physics is declining and continues to lag behind the other sciences. The American Physical Society’s STEP UP 4 Women project is tackling the issue by designing research-based curriculum/classroom strategies for high school teachers to encourage women to study undergraduate physics. 

    Unlike other sciences, post-secondary participation in physics falls dramatically, with high school, in most cases, being the last time we can inform and recruit large numbers of women into the field.

    This professional development day will provide teachers with APS STEP 4 Women evidence-based resources that can be used to reduce barriers and inspire young women to pursue physics. The program will also discuss tools for developing 3-D Assessments - Crosscutting Concepts as it relates to identifying productive ideas that are often hidden in students’ incorrect answers to multiple-choice questions.

    NGSS

    Appendix D of the NGSS (Appendix D: All Standards, All Students) identifies the need for classroom teachers to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students. As physics is many times the gatekeeper to engineering and other physical sciences, it is important to ensure that physics as a discipline is inclusive. Many of the strategies relate to other non-dominant groups as well.

    This professional development day will present STEP UP 4 Women evidence-based resources that can be used by classroom teachers to reduce barriers and inspire young women to pursue physics in college: 

    1. Everyday Actions guide, which focuses on explicit recruitment, reducing marginalization, and promoting recognition throughout the year. 
    2. Careers in Physics lesson, which helps students assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, examine profiles of professionals with physics degrees, and envision themselves in a physics career. 
    3. Women in Physics lesson, in which students examine the conditions for women in physics and discuss gender issues with respect to famous physicists, gendered professions, and personal experience to neutralize the effect of stereotypes and bias.

    Tools for developing local 3-D Assessments - Crosscutting Concepts

    Current research seeks to identify productive ideas that are often hidden in students’ incorrect answers to multiple-choice questions. Giving students the opportunity to express wrong ideas can help them to be more engaged in classroom discussions and activities, and give them practice negotiating their ideas with others using evidence-based arguments. We will discuss strategies for promoting intellectual negotiation in the classroom.

    Instructors recommend bringing a laptop or tablet.


    Register here



  • 12 Oct 2018 9:00 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Event Title: Living Physics Professional Community Workshop

    Date & Time: Nov. 16-17, 2018, starting 4:00pm ET on Fri.

    Location: Swarthmore College, PA

    Cost: $75 (consideration possible for financial need)

    Description:  This 1.5-day workshop will bring together highly-engaged physics educators and lab managers in the Northeast to learn about the national push towards greater interdisciplinarity in introductory physics courses, receive feedback on personal curricular materials, practice anticipating student thinking and facilitating group work, and explore specific examples of innovative reformed physics activities. Participation in the workshop will strengthen local and regional networks of physics educators for collaborative transformation efforts. Instructors, lab managers, community college faculty & staff and those with varying degrees of familiarity with physics for life scientists or active learning are welcome!


    Visit the event information site to register by November 1.

    http://blog.umd.edu/turpen/


  • 10 Oct 2018 1:09 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

    Bernards HS (Bernardsville) is looking for a ~3 month leave replacement physics teacher from Dec 1- March 1 (approximate).

    If you know anyone who is interested, have them email Grant Kolmer (gkolmer@shsd.org)...the school district website is shsd.org

  • 03 Sep 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    If you missed our one day meeting at Rutgers on July 18th, the talks on Current Tension in Cosmology are available at the links below:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Part 5


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