AAPT: American Association of Physics Teachers

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Meet Rachel

I fell in love with physics as a high school “explainer” (like a docent) at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, a museum of science and perception, where I learned that science learning should be delightful and learners should be able to make their own choices. My first physics class in high school was later, and it was a frustrating turnoff – which showed me how much teaching matters to one’s experience of a subject. When I discovered physics education research (PER) in graduate school, it was like reconnecting to the Exploratorium for me! I still love how PER is about physics and how people experience physics.

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