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ERIC Number: EJ859380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Professional Learning Is a Lifelong Process
Blanton, Patricia
Physics Teacher, v47 n7 p474-475 Oct 2009
At a recent conference sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association on Professional Learning Communities in Science, I was reminded how crucial it is for teachers to continually examine their practice. As one new to teaching physics, you may be overwhelmed by the task of helping your students develop accurate understanding of the concepts that are the essence of physics while still maintaining some semblance of order in your classroom. Consider your thoughts about some of the following questions as a way to begin to examine your practice: 1) Have you identified the most important models or ideas you want your students to develop or are you simply following the curriculum outlined in the chapters of your text or those mandated by your state or institution? 2) Have you developed a storyline on which you want the concepts to be built or are you presenting physics as a set of facts, formulas, and problems to be solved? 3) Are you confident in your content knowledge or do you feel that you are just staying one day ahead of your students? 4) Do you have assessment strategies developed to probe for understanding throughout the concept development or do you rely mainly on chapter tests and summative assessments? 5) Do you feel you work in isolation or are you collaborating with colleagues to examine the practices that are most effective for motivating learners while managing the day-to-day requirements of teaching?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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