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Volume 03 | Issue 04 | December 2020

New from PEER Physics

Check out these new tools to support your teaching journey

Collaboration Documents for Remote Learning

Have you been using the chapter-specific collaboration documents this fall?  These documents (provided in Microsoft Word, Google Document, OneNote, and PDF formats) were designed to help facilitate the PEER Physics learning cycle in remote learning environments.  You can find these documents, along with a robust menu of resources to support remote instruction, on the Remote Learning Resources page of the PEER Physics website (login required).

Coming Up

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

PEER Physics Symposium

Have you been teaching with PEER for a year or more? Consider attending our annual Symposium! The PEER Physics Symposium will take place on January 30 from 9am-12pm MT. The purpose of this collaborative event is to bring together veteran PEER Physics instructors interested in sharing, discussing, and solving challenges in the classroom. This year the Symposium will be held virtually through Zoom. Highlights of the day will include:

  • Working Group Reports
  • 5-in-5 Presentations to share ideas 
  • Roundtable Discussions on Problems of Practice

Register by Sunday, January 17. View the flyer to learn more.

Register for the Symposium

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 January 23rd, and March 6th. Please register by Sunday, January 17

Register for the YR2+ PD

PEER Physics Spring 2021 Pilot Opportunity

Do you have colleagues who might be interested in trying PEER Physics?  Or is your district considering a curriculum adoption for Physics?  Investigating and vetting curriculum resources, especially in this year of turmoil, can be time consuming and frustrating. The PEER Physics pilot is a way for interested schools and districts to make informed decisions about curriculum adoption. The PEER Physics Pilot has 3 main goals:

  1. To provide a deeper dive into the PEER Physics curriculum and the impact of its design for science learning through inductive processes,
  2. To see the ways in which PEER Physics can support your vision and goals. For teachers and school administrators to see the ‘fit’ for PEER Physics in their programming, and,
  3. To highlight the range of resources that support face-to-face and remote instruction.
Learn More About the Pilot

Celebrating Success

Honoring the great work of PEER Physics teachers

I have been using the PEER Physics materials since 2018. After testing out the materials with my physics students, I was hooked and worked hard to advocate for the use of the materials across the district. The learning cycle is so easy to access for students and for teachers and provides such an intricate support system for students. The predictability and focus maintained by having the learning cycle has been a real asset this year with online learning. Having worked hard this summer with a wonderful team to help develop the online materials for PEER Physics, I feel so grateful for the opportunity to develop those materials for myself and colleges. When I hear positive feedback from students about how easy it is for them to access the content using OneNote and how they feel like they're understanding the phenomenon and experiment results, I know the hard work we all put in was well worth it and I don't want to know where I would be without that preparation.

Tara Lozen is a PEER Physics Instructor at Ballard High School in Seattle, WA.


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