Welcome to the home page for the 4th annual AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp. The camp will be held on Sunday, July 29th, 2018 (just prior to the AAPT Summer Meeting).

What:  The camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, video analysis, and computer–based labs. The registrants will determine the topics. There will also be an expectation to share something about your teaching with the group.

Invited Speaker: Our invited speaker this year will be Dr. Brian Frank of Middle Tennessee University. Dr. Frank has a very popular physics blog, Teach Brian Teach.

When: July 29, 2018

Who: Individuals who are currently employed teaching at least one 9th-12th grade physics class 

Cost: $25

Participants are encouraged to participate in the AAPT High School Teacher Day events on Monday, July 30th.  

Invited Talk: Attending to students’ spontaneous problem-solving approaches as a guide for instructional transformation


Brian Frank, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Middle Tennessee State University, brian.frank@mtsu.edu


Research on problem-solving in physics education has largely focused on identifying general problem-solving strategies and novice-expert comparisons. Consequently, most curricular interventions based on this research have sought to improve students’ proficiency with problem-solving through (i) explicit teaching of expert-like strategies, (ii) and the redesign of problems and group roles to promote the use of these strategies. Less attention has been given to students’ spontaneous problem-solving approaches in specific content areas and to the identification of productive aspects on which to build. In this first part of this talk, we will explore several experimental and observational studies of students’ problem-solving that help to highlight both the promise and limitations of students’ approaches. In this second part of this talk, I will share how this work has shaped an ongoing project to re-imagine physics problem-solving instruction as it has manifested in a multi-year curriculum redevelopment effort at Middle Tennessee State University.