Start your video cameras for the great Global Physics Coaching Conference
It’s been a while since I’ve written about it, but the Global Physics Department is still going very strong. We’ve met on Wednesday nights at 9:30pm EST every week for the past 8 months (I think we’re now north of 30 meetings total) and we’ve brought many of the biggest names in Physics Education Research to come through and talk about their work, we’ve held discussions about teaching everything from E&M to modern physics and much much more). I’m convinced it is one of the very best professional development things I do—certainly far more valuable than many of the conferences I’ve attended. And the best thing is that you can easily go back and watch the recorded version of every meeting.
This week, the topic was coaching, and we held a pretty wide ranging conversation on coaching, both in real life, virtually via skype, and post-lesson via videotape.
Late in the meeting, Andy came up with the great idea that we hold a Global Physics Department Coaching Conference, which we’ve decided to hold on December 14. Here’s the basic outline:
- Film your class and find five minutes of footage that you think is interesting and worth talking about. It doesn’t have to be your best moment—Brian Frank talked about how much he grew from weekly meetings at UMD where his professor challenged the TAs to bring in videos of their worst teaching moments.
- Upload this footage to the internet. Youtube and Vimeo are great choices for this. Vimeo gives you a few more options to secure the video and place it behind a password.
- Write a short context satement describing the video.
- Send your context statement to Andy Rundquist. We’ll probably post a google form for this soon.
Andy will then collect the context statements and put them together in a single post on his blog. On the night of the conference, we’ll get together and watch and discuss the clips.
This promises to be a unique and awesome opportunity to get excellent and wide ranging feedback on your teaching. I’m really excited for this, and hope you’ll join us.