I’m very sad to report the daughter of one of our longtime members and contributors Dave Wall of City College of San Francisco, Elender Wall, passed away last Monday evening from complications of thyroid cancer. She was 47 years old. Dave was well-known for his demos that involved magic tricks, and years later his daughter Elender joined our ranks. Despite her musical training in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she degreed in physics and went on to edit and distribute Dave’s textbook Introductory Physics: A Problem-Solving Approach.
We are returning to Berkeley for our Fall meeting!
Friday October 21
For those that are driving in the night before, or folks who just like to hang out with other physics teachers, we’ve got some Friday night events. We’ll meet at 6 at Pyramids Restaurant: http://www.pyramidsrestaurantandgrill.com/. They feature Egyptian fare, but of course you can always get a burger. At 8 we’ll be at the telescopes at the Chabot Science Center: http://www.chabotspace.org/observatories.htm
Saturday October 22
Our keynote speaker is Bob Jacobsen, Berkeley physics faculty member and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. If you paid dues last Spring, registration is free (we’ll send you an email with a discount code), otherwise it is $25 at the door.
And while you are at it, get our shirt. They are $7, pick up at the meeting.
Here’s our preliminary schedule for the day (subject to change):
“Dark Matter and Improved Pedagogy – Searching for Elusive Evidence”
A look at the similarities behind doing a search for a new phenomenon, and trying to find better pedagogies.
- There will be a 45-minute workshop by Berkeley’s DoseNet that will repeat.
DoseNet is a radiation and environmental sensor network including schools throughout the Bay Area and internationally that serves to establish a relationship between UC Berkeley and member high schools, with long-term goals of building students’ understanding of scientific and technologic thinking while engaging and informing the community about radiation in their environment. We see interacting with young students as vital to improving community understanding of radiation and radiation risks as well as providing valuable hands-on experimentation in a relevant and cutting-edge scientific endeavor.
- We’ll have a 45-minute NGSS workshop that will repeat
- We’ll have tours of various Cal research labs and teaching labs
We strongly suggest using public transportation and carpooling. The link for carpooling is https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/4muhxw
SAVE THE DATE – OUR NEXT MEETING IS OCTOBER 22 at CAL!
Are you doing something that should be shared with other physics teachers? Will it take more time than the five-minute limit in Share-and-Tell? In that case, please sign up to present a presentation or workshop.
What topics can be covered? Anything that tickles your fancy as a physics teacher that you think will help our community. This could be a neat experiment, original research, cool projects for your students, a report-back from a field trip that worked, an innovative way to approach grading, or anything else that you would like to share with fellow teachers.
AN INVITATION TO PRESENT AND ATTEND
August 1-3, 2016 – City College of San Francisco-North Beach ChinaTown Campus
The Astronomy Teaching Summit (ATS) brings together dedicated astronomy and planetary sciences educators to share innovative teaching techniques and successful instructional strategies that increase students’ engagement, achievement, and motivation. Although the ATS is designed primarily for college professors teaching the introductory astronomy survey course (ASTRO 101), science teacher educators and high school teachers that touch on earth & space concepts, and outreach enthusiasts will find the talks and workshops valuable. The summit includes formal presentations, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions all designed around astronomy teaching innovations. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your innovative teaching toolkit! Astronomy educators and outreach enthusiasts from all levels are invited to participate and submit proposals for presentations. Continue reading Astronomy Teaching Summit at SF City College
Our local high school teachers are encouraged to attend the 2nd annual AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp. The camp will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016, just prior to the AAPT Summer Meeting at the Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California.
What: The camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, video analysis, and computer–based labs. The registrants will determine the topics. There will also be an expectation to share something about your teaching with the group.
If you are interested in attending a Modeling Instruction workshop this summer, there are still openings in some based in California. If none of these fit your schedule, you can find more at modelinginstruction.org/workshops Continue reading Modeling Instruction workshops in California this summer
I want to be sure your teachers are aware of a very unique opportunity to increase their understanding of content in physical science and physics. Professional development master teachers with the American Association of Physics Teachers will be in your area July 15-16, 2016 and would like to invite your teachers to join them in a stimulating, fun, and content focused professional development at the PASCO facility. Each day will focus on specific topics aligned with the California standards and we promise your teachers will be engaged and learn something new. One day will focus on elementary physical science and the second day will focus on higher-level physics and physical science.
You can see more photos here: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/ncnaapt/sets/72157667433415116/
Following is a map showing registrants as of Tuesday, April 19th.