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Volume 03 | Issue 02 | October 2020
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New from PEER Physics

Check out these new tools to support your teaching journey

PEER Physics YouTube Channel

We've migrated our experimental video clips to YouTube. You may find that this provides greater functionality and accessibility. The links on the PEER Physics Teacher Resources web page have been updated (teacher login required).

Mural Board Templates

PEER Physics is utilizing Mural in professional learning this year. Are you using it in your classroom or are you interested in giving it a try? Check out the PEER Physics Templates. These custom Mural Boards are designed for consensus building, chapter mapping, and norm setting. Mural offers free accounts for educators

PEER Physics Mural Board Templates

Student Reflection Documents

Not only is it important for students to reflect on their classroom experiences, it is equally important for teachers to use their students' perspectives to reflect on their own teaching practices. The Student Reflection documents, contributed by PEER Physics instructors, provide examples and explanations of how to use the documents and ways they can be used to engage students in reflection. These documents can be found on the PEER Physics Remote Learning Resources web page (teacher login required).

Coming Up

Take note of these events to collaborate and learn from one another

Webinar Series

Join us for a free webinar series to highlight strategies to support student engagement in developing principles from scientific evidence. This is an opportunity to learn about supporting students to use models developed from evidence, ways to engage students in inductive science exploration in virtual environments, and to think like an assessor while instructing remotely. 

  • Session 1: Thursday Oct 29th 10:00-11:00am MT
    How can students use evidence to develop models and support claims?
  • Session 2: Thursday Nov 12th 3:00-4:00pm MT 
    What are some effective strategies to support students’ engagement in science practices virtually?
  • Session 3: Thursday Dec 3rd 10:00-11:00am MT 
    What are some ways to think like an assessor in remote environments and keep a pulse on what students know and can do?

Learn More about the Webinar Series

Register for the Webinar Series

PEER Physics Community Collaboration

This year, the Year 2+ Professional Learning sessions are open to all PEER Physics instructors. The format of this virtual PD will provide space and time for teachers to gather as a community and discuss problems of practice. Sessions will be held on Saturdays from 9-11am MT and take place on November 7th, January 23rd, and March 6th. Please register and indicate areas of interest by Sunday, November 1

Register for the YR2+ PD

Celebrating Success

Honoring the great work of PEER Physics teachers

One of my favorite things about teaching PEER Physics is teaching the scientific process. It is such a valuable tool whether a student wants to pursue science further or not. At its core, the scientific process is about imagination and reflection—it requires us to consciously and critically consider what is unknown or unrealized but can be brought into the known as well as make connections between patterns, phenomena, and mechanisms through reflection. The scientific process can be applied to our own lives as we work to improve our individual and relational experiences as well as societal and community norms.
Over the summer, I worked to develop reflection tools to help students practice applying the scientific process to their everyday lives (goal setting, learning habits, etc.). By utilizing the reflection tools, we educators can support students as they recognize and develop their sense of empowerment and agency to create change in their lives.

Kaija Reinelt is a PEER Physics Instructor at Ballard High School in Seattle, WA

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