Honoring the great work of PEER Physics teachers.
I have found using the PEER Physics curriculum in my classes to be extremely rewarding. As students become more focused on explaining their ideas and asking questions, they engage with their own thinking in a new way. I have enjoyed watching my students make sense of new evidence in a way that leads them to a deep understanding of physics concepts. Even now, during virtual classes with much lower engagement across the board, I can't imagine how unexciting my science classes would be if our time together was spent with me lecturing instead of students actively discussing their own ideas. I am proud that students leave my class able to fully explain real-world situations that they can apply to their day-to-day experiences, and so grateful that my students are still able to engage in thoughtful collaboration from their own homes.
Marni Jacobs is a PEER Physics Instructor at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle, WA