Category Physics education

TAPD mini-modules week 6: Responding to the poll

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. The slides are just right. The timing is on lock. This time, this time, I’m going to nail that description of the First Law of Thermodynamics. The […]

TAPD mini-modules week 5: Closing the feedback loop

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. As an instructor or TA, teaching evaluations are part of the job. As the end of the semester nears, students fill out university mandated evaluation forms, […]

TAPD mini-modules week 4: But, are students really learning?

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. “We’re going to derive this, but I need your help with it.” This was my lead-in to the set of clicker questions we used to derive […]

TAPD mini-modules week 3: “Does F=ma in real life or only in physics?”

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. “Does F=ma in real life or only in physics?” Students say the darnedest things. Over my years as a TA and instructor, I’ve had many interactions […]

TA-PD mini-modules week 2: May I have your attention, please?

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. Over my years as a TA and instructor, I’ve developed strategies to gain and keep the attention of the students when needed. One of my key […]

TA-PD mini-modules week 1: Nailing the intro

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. My first Teaching Assistant experience came as an undergraduate student in an introductory calculus class. My job was to run quizzes and work example problems in […]

Two-pagers on two-stagers

Two-stage collaborative exams are a winner: Students both like them and learn from them.  I’ve been collecting folk wisdom and implementation tips around two-stage exams, wondering what information exists to support instructors who may be unsure how to use them. Two-pagers: The Earth and Ocean Science – Science Education Initiative Times, February 2011. (Focuses on […]