Rutgers Physics & Astronomy Department

Developing Educational Leaders among TAs in Physics (DELTA-P)
Seminar Calendar
Fall 2019

DELTA-P seminars are held from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursdays in room W330. Those who attend 8 out of 10 seminars will receive a Certificate of Training in Physics Education. The seminar series is organized by Chaz Ruggieri and Caitlin Carpenter.

Thanks to all the participants for a great semester! We've compiled a summary document with main points from each guest speaker along with links to relevent resources.

Sep 5 Introduction: TA Expectations and Day 1 Guidance
Chaz Ruggieri & Caitlin Carpenter

Task 1: Take pre-survey
Task 2: Read Characteristics of an Effective Teacher

Sep 12
*** Location Changed to 385E for today only! ***

"What should you remember about teaching physics when you forget everything?"
Eugenia Etkina
Graduate School of Education

Task: Please read Eugenia's Millikan award lecture found here before the next meeting
Sep 19
*** Location back in Serin 330W for the rest of the semester ***

"Discourse and Effective Questioning in your TA Role"
Caitlin Carpenter & Chaz Ruggieri

Task: Please read Chapter 7 from Sousa's "How the Brain Learns" found here before the next meeting

Sep 26
Problem Solving Approaches: Refining Students' Strategies

Joe Olsen

Task: Please read this excerpt from Walsh et al.'s paper titled "Phenomenographic study of students' problem solving approaches in physics" (FYI: full paper found here)

Oct 3
Teaching Diverse Student Populations

Andrew Baker
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Oct 10
*** Location Changed to 385E for today only! ***
Cooperative Learning and Trust in the Classroom

Caitlin Carpenter & Chaz Ruggieri

Oct 17
Degrees of Freedom - Mathematical Barriers to STEM Retention and Graduation

Ron Ransome
Undergraduate Program Director
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Oct 24 Physics Education Research - Informing Changes to Curriculum and Instruction

Caitlin Carpenter & Chaz Ruggieri

Oct 31
Veteran TA Panel

Panel Members: Catie, Ian, Mike, Prasiddha
Nov 7
(final day!)
Teaching with Analogies

Mary Emenike
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Previous DELTA-P seminar series: Information for students with disabilities is here. (Please contact the organizers if there are any ways we can make it easier for you to participate.)
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