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Teaching Physics Actively
EDG 5935 GJ

Instructors:

Dr. Terry Cavanaugh

tcavanau@unf.edu

Bruce Hughes

bruce@inquiryphysics.com

Dr. James Garner

jgarner@unf.edu

 Location: Wolfson High School, Room 33

 Texts: How People Learn, Conceptual Physics (3rd Hewitt), Active Physics: Communication, Active Physics: Transportation

Goal

The goal of this class is to assist science teachers to develop skills in the teaching of physics in an active, discovery format.

Purpose of this course is to develop your pedagogical (educational) content knowledge as it pertains to teaching and learning of physics actively.  In this course we will concentrate on learning the skills and strategies necessary to teach science in an active, inquiry, discovery based, constructive format.  Additionally the course is designed to increase your physics content knowledge in a number of areas, along with familiarizing you with the Active Physics teaching and presentation format developed in association with American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

 Educator Accomplished Practices:

1. Assessment, 4. Critical Thinking, 7. Human Development and Learning,
8. Knowledge of Subject Matter, 9. Learning Environments, 10. Technology

Course Topics

Education

Physics

Active watching

Electricity

Alternative &  Performance Assessment

Electromagnetism

Brainstorming

Images

Cooperative Learning

Impulse

Current Educational Trends (FCAT)

Lenses & Mirrors

Discovery Teaching

Momentum

Grouping

Newton’s Laws

Journaling

Pressure

Questioning

Resonance

Reading in the content area

Wave types & speed

Rubrics as assessment tools

Waves: Standing/Pitch/Frequency

Technology

 

 

 

Agenda

Transportation

Week 1
Active Physics: Transportation, Chp 2

6/25 Tuesday – Physics Education

Survey

Introduction

Overview of Active Physics

Cooperative Learning: Moon Survival

Rubrics – Assignment: Construct a rubric

Multiple Intelligence (Assignment: self test)
Rollover safety demonstration – Outside speaker (Sondel – IPTM)

6/27 Thursday – Active Physics

Transportation Activities

Activity Two      Seat Belts (Before)

Activity Three    Seat Belts (After)

Activity Four     Air Bags

Activity Five      Rear End Collision

FCAT – Outside speaker

Week 2

7/2 Tuesday – Active Physics

Transportation Activities

Activity Six       Bungee Jump

Activity Eight   Cushioning Collisions

7/4 Thursday – Physics

Chapter Four Newton’s Laws of Motion (1st)

Chapter Twelve Liquids  (Pressure)

Chapter Five Momentum (Impulse)

Chapter Four Newton’s Laws of Motion (2nd)

Chapter Eleven Solids  (Elasticity)

Chapter Five Momentum (Impulse)

Communication 

7/9 Week 3
Active Physics: Communication Chp 1

Tuesday – Physics Education

Constructivism

Discovery teaching

Technology: Digital Cameras

Active participation: Science Fiction

Reading in the Content Area

7/11 Thursday – Active Physics

Activity One       Waves (HW)

Activity Two      Sound in Strings

Activity Three    Air Sounds

Activity Four     Making Sound Electronically

Week 4

7/16 Tuesday – Active Physics

Activity Five      Reflected Light

Activity Six       Curved Mirrors

Activity Seven  Refracted Light

Activity Eight   Lenses 

Activity Nine    Color (HW)

7/18 Thursday –Physics

Chapter Eighteen Vibrations & Waves

Chapter Eighteen Vibrations & Waves

Chapter Nineteen Sound 

Chapter Twenty-Two Electric Current

Chapter Twenty-Seven Reflection 

Chapter Twenty-Seven Reflection

Chapter Twenty-Seven Refraction

Chapter Twenty-Seven Refraction

Chapter Twenty-Six Color

Communication 

Week 5
Active Physics: Communication Chp 2

7/23 Tuesday – Physics Education

Brainstorming & Discussion techniques

Journaling

Questioning: Private Universe

Assessment: Alternative & Performance

Accommodations

7/25 Thursday – Active Physics

Activity Three    Electricity and Magnetism

Activity Four     Making the Connection  

Week 6

7/30 Tuesday – Active Physics

Activity Five      Voice Signals

Activity Six       Sending a Message with Light

 

8/1 Thursday –Physics

Chapter Twenty-Three  Magnetism

Chapter Twenty-Four Electromagnetism

Course Assessments

  • Quizzes

  • Projects

  • Participation

Readings:

How People Learn

            Pre-Existing Knowledge p 10-14

            How experts differ from novices p 19-38

            Learning & Transfer p 39-66

            Strategies for Learning & Metacognition p 83-99

            Learning Environments p 119-142

            Effective Teaching: Examples in Science p 159-175

            Technology to Support Learning p 194-207

Last updated 03/13/04