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