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ASU alleviates physics teacher shortage, strengthens STEM pathway

Posted By Linda Coyle, Thursday, October 29, 2015

Seventy high school physics and chemistry teachers enhanced their teaching skills at Arizona State University over the summer. Most teach in Arizona public schools, but several came from other states and four were sent by the Ministry of Education in Singapore.

Teachers chose from seven graduate courses, including four Modeling Workshops, which are research-based courses that focus on deep content and take a hands-on approach to instruction. These courses empower teachers to integrate physics or chemistry with technology, engineering, and math so that students learn how to design experiments, analyze data, and defend conclusions.

Teachers in an ASU Modeling Workshop collaborate to build a scientific model from their lab investigation data. Photo courtesy Jane Jackson/Arizona State University

Teachers in an ASU Modeling Workshop collaborate to build a scientific model from their lab investigation data. Photo courtesy Jane Jackson/Arizona State University

It’s content that the high school teachers can use immediately to address classroom hurdles like student passivity.

"I can already tell the difference my first day back,” said Isabel Pak, a chemistry teacher at Chandler High School.

Now in its seventeenth year, and the only program of its kind in the state, the Modeling Instruction program in the Department of Physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is geared toward lifelong learning.

Nearly 1,000 Arizona teachers have taken the workshops, benefiting 100,000 Arizona students annually in school districts across the state.

- See more at: http://azednews.com/2015/10/29/asu-alleviates-physics-teacher-shortage-strengthens-stem-pathway/#sthash.GsysRIlq.dpuf

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