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All I Really Need to Know About Physics Education I Learned in Kindergarten
  Location: Hixson-Lied Auditorium - Harper Center
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 10:30 AM -12:15 PM
  Author: Brian Jones,
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: We learn by doing. To learn physics, our students must be active, perform investigations, solve problems, and communicate with their peers. The same is true of teaching. We learn by doing, and my work with the Little Shop of Physics program has given me invaluable practice as a physics teacher. For 20 years I have worked with a team of undergraduate students and fellow educators to present this unique hands-on science program to over 250,000 K-12 students. We have worked with students of all ages and all backgrounds, in schools all over the region and the world. Along the way, we have developed effective tools to teach scientific concepts and we have learned useful techniques to engage students. We have traded ideas and insights with thousands of teachers. Going on the road with the Little Shop of Physics takes me out of my classroom, and I return a much better teacher for it. I will share some techniques, some insights, and (of course) some demonstrations that I have developed with my Little Shop colleagues over the past 20 years.
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