Rutgers Physics & Astronomy Department

Developing Educational Leaders among TAs in Physics (DELTA-P)
Seminar Calendar
Fall 2011

DELTA-P seminars are held at 5:00 PM on Thursdays in room 385E. Those who attend the TA Orientation and 7 out of 10 subsequent seminars will receive a Certificate of Training in Physics Teaching. The seminar series is organized by Simon Knapen & Michael Manhart, with Eric Gawiser serving as faculty advisor.

August 31
New TA Orientation
1:30-4 PM, Serin 385E
September 15
Baki Brahmia
"Our Shortcomings as Teachers"
September 22
Gabe Alba
"Selected Topics In Teaching Introductory Labs"
September 29
AJ Richards
"Learning About Learning: A look inside the world of physics education research"
October 6
Daniel Friedan
"An Informal Discussion About Teaching Undergraduates with Weaker Math Backgrounds"
October 13
Viviana Acquaviva
"Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Time as a Teacher"
October 20
Eugenia Etkina
"Applications of Brain Studies to Learning Physics"
October 27
Clark Chinn
"Methods of Promoting Effective Collaborative Learning"
November 3
Suzanne Brahmia
"Sense-Making in Physics: What assumptions are we making about the students?"
November 10
Heather Briggs
"Keys for Student Motivation - a need to know, tools to succeed and opportunities to succeed"
November 17
Premi Chandra & Chuck Keeton
"Making It Real for the Students"

Additional Resources:

  • Physics Teaching Technology Resource: videos from Rutgers' Physics and Astronomy Education Research (PAER) group.
  • CU-Boulder PhETs (Physics Education Tools). These are Java applets that simulate various scientific phenomena, mostly in physics, that have been used in Suzanne Brahmia's Extended Analytical Physics class. Their classroom effectiveness is supported by educational research (see here for details.)
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