AAPT High School

Teacher Camp

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Welcome to the home page for the AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp.

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 a chance to share something about your teaching with a small group.

Invited Speaker: Danny Doucette

Danny is a physics education researcher and former high school teacher who studies gender equity in introductory physics labs.

Title: Physics Education Research, Equity, and Teaching High School

Abstract: Over the past few decades, the field of Physics Education Research (PER) has sought to understand, document, and support improvements in how students learn physics. However, most PER is conducted at colleges and universities, and it has traditionally focused on the learning of "average" students. In this talk, I will share some of my research about gender-based inequities in college physics lab courses and put forward some ideas about how we can teach physics in ways that support all learners. I will wrap up with a couple reflections and thoughts about teaching high school and doing research.

Suggested Readings: Danny invites campers to read these articles about

  1. Gender inequities in physics https://physicsworld.com/a/why-we-need-to-keep-talking-about-equality-in-physics/

  2. Anti-Blackness in physics (trigger warning: police violence) https://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.6.3.20200720a/full/

  3. The status of so-called “anti-critical race theory” bills in their state https://edweek.org/policy-politics/map-where-critical-race-theory-is-under-attack/2021/06

Danny Doucette

When: Friday July 23rd, 10:30 am - 5:15 pm (Eastern)

Where: Teacher Camp will meet virtually this year. For those who are registered and admitted, Zoom links will be sent via email.

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

Cost: $0

High School teachers are encouraged to participate in the AAPT Virtual Summer Meeting 2021. Link to registration is HERE.

AAPT has set aside funds to help members of the physics education community defray the cost to attend the AAPT Virtual 2021 Summer Meeting. Click here for that information.

If you have suggestions for speakers for 2022, please contact either Marta Stoeckel or Kelly O'Shea (contact information on the contact page of this site).