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Impact of the Learning Assistant Experience for High School Physics Students
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 1:10 PM -1:20 PM
  Author: Susan Nicholson-Dykstra, Northglenn High School
  Co-Author(s): Joshua H. Cuchiaro , Valerie K Otero
  Abstract: An ongoing partnership was formed between the conceptual physics classes at an urban high school and the second-grade classes at an elementary school in the same district. During the latter half of the course, students in the high school classes learned how to create backward design lesson plans and utilize formative assessments to measure student understanding. The physics students then created lesson plans pertaining to four units of study (Newton's Laws, conservation of energy, electrostatics, and circuits), which they implemented in their partner elementary classroom. Participating physics classes were comparatively evaluated for effects on content understanding and retention, engagement, motivation, and perception of learning. Data from four classes will be presented with recommendations for continuing the elementary-secondary physics partnership. Project was partially funded by NSF grant #DUE 934921 and ING Financial Service's Unsung Hero Award.
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