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New Jersey Physics Teacher Advisory Group (NJ-PTAG) Meetings

Over 40 current and future physics educators have attended each of our NJ-PTAG meetings.  We plan to hold NJ-PTAG meetings twice per year, usually in the Physics and Math Building at TCNJ.

Attendees receive FREE physics-focused professional development hours from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Return to: Noyce Physics Teacher Advisory Group Overview

PAST MEETINGS AND AGENDAS

Meeting 1:  June 2018      

Agenda:

  • Engage in a fun evening of physics, including several demonstrations and take home FREE SUPPLIES to help you repeat demos in your own classroom.  Topics/activities include: Waves and resonance: Pan-flute calculate and build-it
  • Learn about opportunities for your students at TCNJ.
  • Share best practices.
  • Network with local colleagues.
  • Learn about further opportunities to contribute to the development of the next generation of physics teachers

 

Meeting 2:  October 2018

Agenda:

  • Participate in a fun evening of physics, including a low-cost lab that you might adapt for your classroom.  Topics/activities include: Magnetic fields and forces: homopolar motor build-it; Teacher EM demo presenters: Jim Ferrara, Craig Halpern
  • Network with local colleagues.
  • Learn about opportunities for your students at TCNJ, including how to apply for the Conference for Young Women in Physics, to be held at TCNJ on January 19th, 2019.

 

Meeting 3:  June 2019

Agenda:

  • Participate in a fun evening of physics activities and discussion about standards-based grading practices for the physics classroom.  Teacher Presenter 1: Oren Levi – Standards-based grading; Teacher Presenter 2: CarriEve Horna – Hula hoop fields, Cell phone “egg drop”; Teacher Presenter 3: Matt Holsten – Equation Discovery Stations
  • Network with local colleagues.
  • Learn about opportunities for your students at TCNJ.
  • Learn about further opportunities to contribute to the development of the next generation of physics teachers.

 

Meeting 4:  October 2019

Agenda:

  • Network with local colleagues.
  • Learn about opportunities to participate in professional development and research regarding the use of spreadsheet models for physics as part of an NSF grant awarded to one of your colleagues (Michael McConnell, Spreadsheet Lab Manual LLC, formerly from Cinnaminson High School).
  • Participate in a discussion about block schedule lesson planning and what works for block vs. “regular” schedules (Craig Halpern, Ewing High School)
  • Provide advice to newer teachers and pre-service teachers in a “new teacher advisory roundtable discussion.”  Early-career and pre-service teachers are invited to bring their questions and concerns and experienced teachers are asked to bring time-tested advice and thoughts about what they wish they had known when starting out.
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