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Helping Your Students Learn Physics and Think Like Scientists
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 9:30 AM -10:00 AM
  Author: Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University
732-932-7496, eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: We often spend the first week of classes teaching our students how science works and then switch to our traditional delivery mode telling them what the laws of physics are and how to use them to solve back-of-the-chapter problems. Is it possible for our students to learn physics concepts and laws by actually practicing science? What does it mean to practice science in a high school classroom? In this talk I will describe two curricula, "Investigative Science Learning Environment" (ISLE) and Physics Union Mathematics (PUM), that engage your students in the processes mirroring scientific practice when learning physics. These curricula help them experience physics first hand as their own creation. They engage the students in data collection and analysis, help them learn how to devise their own explanations, how to test them with new experiments, and how to make meaningful connections to mathematics.
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