Day 1 of Physics Teacher Camp: This could be big
It’s late, but I want to take a few moments to describe Physics Teacher Camp, a gathering we started last year to bring together physics teachers from twitter to work on projects that will have some impact on the larger community of physics teachers.
This year, almost all of last year’s participants have returned, with a few new faces. Here’s the rundown:
- Brian Carpenter
- Frank Noschese
- Kelly O’Shea
- Fran Poodry
- Mark Schober
- Dan Longhurst
- Josh Gates
- Dorrie Bright
- Mark Hammond
I also want to offer my sincere apology to all of the people who have been interested in physics teacher camp. Because of housing limitations, we simply haven’t been able to accommodate the interest that we’ve seen for people wanting to attend. But, that is all changing…
Big News about Physics Teacher Camp 2013
I don’t know how they beat us to this idea, but I find myself totally amazed by Twitter MathCamp 2012, a completely crowd-sourced professional development opportunity for 40+ math teachers who chose to gather in St. Louis this summer.
This got me thinking that we need to find a way to open Physics Teacher Camp up to all of the awesome people on the internet. But it’s probably still quite likely that housing and funding at my school to pay for meals can’t grow to accommodate the level of participation I hope to get. One possibility is that we will be able to house some people in dorms (I’m looking into this), but another possibility would be that people would simply pay for accommodations at the local Hampton in or nearby Bed and Breakfast, both of which are very reasonably priced. A third option might be that a school in a city would donate space to Physics Teacher Camp, and we could find housing nearby.
I’d love your input on how we can grow PTC to accommodate all of those who are interested in going.
Projects are the name of the game
Our goal for physics teacher camp is to take on 4-5 big projects that have impact beyond our classroom and work together to develop something useable in the next four days.
Here are the projects we’ve worked on so far:
- The Physics Problem Database: We’re trying to add to the physics problem database. Today we added a form to submit bugs and feature requests and are working on testing. I’m hoping to add some significant functionality tot eh site before the end of the week.
- Mindset Curriculum: We’re hoping to develop a set of activities, lessons and readings to teach the various meta-cognitive skills that will help students to see greater success in physics and other classes.
- Global physics department website: Our idea is to reorganize the global physics website to add a “new to the blogotwitterverse” section with many of the same things you’ll find at Sam Shah’s Welcome to the mathtwitterblogsphere page. Today we got things started by creating a twitter account for the Global Physics Department and sending out a newsletter about our next meeting on advice for new high school physics teachers.
- Videos: A few of us are working to produce videos that will be useful for physics teaching an video analysis. Here are a couple of examples of what we’ve done so far:
We’ve got a few more projects, and I’ll try to blog about those in the coming days.