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Volume 03 | Issue 06 | February 2021

Cultivate Your Practice

Check out these resources and how they may support your teaching journey.

Curriculum-Based Professional Learning

A report from the Carnegie Corporation of New York highlights the benefits of teachers engaging in high-quality curriculum-based professional learning that models and mirrors the instruction in which their students engage. PEER Physics prides itself on this form of parallel pedagogy. Check out the article to learn more!

Anchoring Phenomena Timelines

As you are planning this semester, don’t forget about the Anchoring Phenomena Timelines. These clickable documents show the overall arc of each unit and the integration of each phenomenon and the chapter storyline. They are a one-stop-shop! Click on the links throughout to quickly navigate to phenomenon and assessment materials.  Each chapter’s Anchoring Phenomenon Timeline can be found on the Resources tab for the chapter (login required).

Chapter C: Charge - Anchoring Phenomenon Timeline

Summer Research Fellowship

Calling Colorado Front Range High School STEM Teachers! Learn bioengineering, bioimaging, and health informatics in a CU Denver research lab this summer AND bring the skills you learn back to your PEER Physics classroom. Apply for a paid fellowship with the Rocky Mountain Summer Research Education Experience by March 15.

Learn More and Apply

Coming Up

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

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 with the last of the series taking place on March 6th. Please register by Sunday, February 28

Register for the YR2+ PD

Symposium-Rescheduled to April 17

This has been a crazy school year! We are realizing that many of us are feeling the stress of the start of this semester and the move to more in-person instruction. So, the PEER Physics Symposium has been rescheduled to April 17th.  We hope that this will give all of us time to adjust and look forward to gathering to share ideas and reconnect.  View the flyer to learn more. Register by Friday, April 2.

Register for the Symposium

Celebrating Success

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

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