Come to the Fall Meeting!
November 7–8, 2008 at Foothill College.
Click here to download a pdf of the program.
—from Stephanie Finander:
I am pleased to announce that the registration for the two PTSOS Fall New Teacher Workshops is now open.
Both workshops are:
The dates and locations are:
If you would like to register, all you have to do is email me (Stephanie Finander): Sfinander@sbcglobal.net. All I need is your name, school name, school city, mailing address, and telephone number and which workshop you'd like to attend. Registration is on a first-email, first-served basis for first-time attendees. Participants who want to attend a workshop for the second time will be registered as space permits. Register as soon as you can because our workshops typically fill up fast.
If you know someone else who'd like to go, have them email me.
Here is a news article about the LHC. Cool pictures and background for your class.
Our Spring 2008 Meeting took place April 18–19 at Heritage High School in Brentwood. Check out the program! The SNAAPT petition (you can download it here) was voted upon by the 50 or so attendees and passed unanimously. We wish them luck!
Dean Baird, documentor and presenter extraordinaire, has assembled some cool stuff here. In includes links to:
And photos, of course!
So You Have $1000 to Spend
Dean also links to a movie he took of a water balloon popping. It's from the relatively new Casio Exilim EX-F1. It's a still camera that will let you capture motion at really high speeds.
Click the image at right to see a smaller (1 MB, QuickTime) version of Dean's movie.
Check out ComPADRE
ComPADRE is part of the National Digital Library concentrating on physics and physics teaching. Check it out. Make a bookmark. Tell your friends!
Modeling Instruction and Workshops
Over the years, the Modeling Instruction program at Arizona State has created materials and a pedagogical approach that focuses on (and seems to get) deep student understaning of basic physics concepts. And they're branching out into other disciplines.
It takes a commitment of time, energy, and possibly a willingness to be in Phoenix for a few weeks in the summer, but it's worth learning more. Visit http://modeling.asu.edu for more background.
Their national workshop list is at http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html
Interactive Engagement in Eugene
If you teach undergraduates, consider the NSF-sponsored Chautauqua course from David Sokoloff and his colleagues. It's called "Using Research-Based Curricula and Tools to Promote Active Learning in Introductory Courses." Whew. Learn more at http://uoregon.edu/~sokoloff/chaut1.htm.
More Great Summer Programs for Teachers
You can learn cool summer stuff and earn money while you're doing it.
PTSOS helps new teachers become their very best! They have a website which is under constant revision: http://www.ptsos.org
Membership in NCAAPT is $25 per academic year. Dues can be paid at the section meetings, or can be paid by mail. Contact the treasurer, Dennis Buckley.
Meetings of the section are held twice a year: normally in November and April. Meeting registration fee is $20. The first meeting for a new member is free. See the schedule of upcoming events above for future meeting dates and places.
If you want to contact the national AAPT office to inquire about membership information, click here.
banner photos by Dean Baird and from NASA archives
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2008 Fall NCNAAPT
November 7–8 2008,
2009 Winter AAPT
2009 Spring NCNAAPT
TBA • It could be you! Contact Paul Robinson if you're interested in hosting.
The Northern California/Nevada Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (NCNAAPT) runs from the Oregon border on the north to San Luis Obispo and Fresno on the south, and includes the state of Nevada.
The membership of NCNAAPT consists of high school, community college, college and university physics instructors. Many important contributions to the physics teaching community have come from NCNAAPT members.
Last updated 9/14/08