ASU Physics Teachers Education Coalition

PhysTEC Project Goals:

Goal 1: Transform physics departments to engage in preparing physics teachers

Goal 2: Demonstrate successful models for increasing the number of highly-qualified physics teachers

Goal 3: Spread best-practice ideas throughout the physics teacher preparation community

We are aiming to foster the spread of qualified Physics teachers through the implementation of our Learning Assistant Program in designated Physics 121 classes.  The Learning Assistants actively participate in class lectures and recitation sections to ensure that students have a solid understanding of the material.  This program is designed to not only help the students, but to give the Learning Assistants a chance to practice teaching the material, and hopefully encourage them to seek out a job as a Physics teacher one day.

PhysTEC Recent News

January 1, 2014
As the fall 2013 semester [third semester of our project] comes to an end, we are extremely excited to announce the milestones that have since been achieved. The Learning Assistant Program, which was implemented as the cornerstone of this project, has achieved great traction within the Physics Department at ASU. This semester, 10 LAs have been actively working with Dr. Gary Adams in his PHY 121 class to provide a new learning environment for the students. Our TIR (Teacher in Residence), Kelli
October 2, 2013
On October 2, 2013, High School Modeling Instruction was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Physics Education Award of the American Physical Society (APS). The Award consists of $5,000. The award will be presented to David Hestenes, Jane Jackson, and Colleen Megowan at the APS April 2014 meeting in Savannah, Georgia at a Ceremonial session.
April 26, 2013
As we conclude our first year as a PhysTEC funded site, we are pleased to announce that we have made many strides to increase the number and quality of Physics teachers we produce here at ASU.  Since our funding began in August 2012, we have implemented a new Learning Assistant Program in two PHY 121 classes.  We have also teamed up with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to create a new Physics degree that has a concentration in Secondary Education.  Our team looks forward to

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