Physics Science Fair Projects, Ideas, and Experiments Physics, formally called natural philosophy, is the science of energy and matter and the interactions between the two. Physics includes the study of material and energy as related to motions, heat, light, and force. Modern extensions of physics has expanded to include nuclear physics, particle physics, plasma physics, and cryogenics. Additive Colors To discover how white light is made. Balloon Rocket Car To demonstrate Newton's Third Law of Motion by constructing a balloon-powered rocket car.
For Teachers, Middle School Is Test of Wills As they do so, they are running up against a key problem: a teaching corps marked by high turnover, and often lacking expertise in both subject matter and the topography of the adolescent mind. The demands of teaching middle school show up in teacher retention rates. In New York City, the nation’s largest school system, middle school teachers account for 22 percent of the 41,291 teachers who have left the school system since 1999 even though they make up only 17 percent of the overall teaching force, according to the United Federation of Teachers. In Philadelphia, researchers found that 34.2 percent of new middle school teachers in one representative year quit after their first year, compared with 21.1 percent of elementary school teachers and 26.3 percent of high school teachers. “There was a lot more anger and outbursts,” Christian Clarke, 29, a Bronx high school teacher, recalled of the students he encountered during his four years teaching middle school. Dr. One of Mr. Later, Mr.
all Paper Clip Heat Learn about the structure of metals as you use a paper clip to turn mechanical work into heat! The Egg Squeeze You can squeeze an egg into a jar with just the power of air pressure Solid as a Rock? Rocks may seem solid, but there's more to them than meets the eye. Air Matters You can detect the tiny mass of air with materials from around the house Free Fall Create a weightless environment here on Earth Canister Rocket Make your own rocket with some antacids and a film canister Where's the Air? You can't see it, but you can feel it! Physics at the Breakfast Table: Getting your Fill of Iron How would you feel about having a bowl full of nails for breakfast? Balloon Bottle It’s like making a teeny tiny hot air balloon that doesn’t go anywhere! Physics by the Fridge: Zip Magnets Almost as confusing as an on and off relationship, these flat refrigerator magnets alternate between attraction and repulsion, but only when pulled in the right direction. Physics in the Nursery: Baby Oil and Water
Welcome to the Middle Level Section of NCTE ------ your home in the middle! The NCTE Linda Rief Voices from the Middle Award recognizes an outstanding publication in Voices from the Middle written or co-written by classroom teachers or literacy coaches. Many of today’s recognized authors and experts published their early work in Voices from the Middle and this award aims to support the development of future voices to lead our profession forward. The Middle Level journal Voices from the Middle has a new set of editors and a whole new way of sharing the excellent content and ideas. Under the leadership of Sara Kajder and Shelbie Witte, Voices has launched an engaging podcast, digital-only content, and a vibrant Facebook page. Not yet a subscriber? Go Green! The Middle Level Section Steering Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Middle Level Section Awards: Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, Laura Robb has been named the winner of the 2016 NCTE Richard W. Twitter as an Advocacy Tool, Literacy & NCTE Blog
Teaching strategies If you have dropped into this Course Design Tutorial from somewhere else, you might wish to start at the introduction, overview, or table of contents. If you are working through the tutorial, you should have completed Part 2.1 before beginning this section. At this stage of the tutorial, you have set overarching goals, organized content, and developed a course plan with ideas for how to give students the practice that will make it possible for them to achieve the course goals. In this section of the tutorial, you will make choices about what you will have students do in order to learn the course content and practice the goals. Before presenting a smorgasbord of teaching strategies, this section of the tutorial will explore briefly what is known about how people learn. Start by downloading the worksheet (Microsoft Word 22kB Jun16 05) that goes with this part, and use it as you work through the sections below. Student Learning Research shows clearly that a person must be engaged to learn.
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High School Teachers High school teachers need to explain difficult concepts in terms students can understand. High school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license. Education All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. In teacher education programs, prospective high school teachers learn how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification. Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. High school teachers typically are awarded a secondary or high school certification, which allows them to teach the 7th through the 12th grades. Requirements for certification vary by state. Training
The resourceful physics teacher Physics teacher Keith Gibbs shares some of his many demonstrations and experiments for the physics classroom. During more than 30 years of teaching physics, I have come across many interesting demonstrations and teaching ideas – often suggested by relatives, friends, colleagues and past students. In 2000, I began to gather these ideas together – this was the basis of the Schoolphysics website and CD-ROM collection. Over time, I added more explanation and background for teachers whose specialism was not physics. Below are four ideas from the collection. Boiling water under reduced pressure Age range: 13-15 This simple experiment demonstrates that the saturated vapour pressure of water depends on the temperature. Materials Procedure Fit the rubber tube onto the end of the glass tube. Steam will condense inside the flask, reducing the pressure and allowing the water to start boiling again. Safety note Wear safely goggles. Theory An alternative method The wire coat hanger and circular motion
About Mathematics Teacher Welcome to Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS) is an official peer-reviewed journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is intended as a resource for middle school students, teachers, and teacher educators. The focus of the journal is on intuitive, exploratory investigations that use informal reasoning to help students develop a strong conceptual basis that leads to greater mathematical abstraction. The journal's articles have won numerous awards, including honors from the Society of National Association Publications. MTMS is published nine times a year, monthly August through May, with a combined December/January issue and a yearly focus issue in February. The publications of the Council present a variety of viewpoints. Subscribe/Join MTMS is just one of the many benefits of NCTM membership. Editorial Panel Department Editors Headquarters Journal Staff Acceptance Rate and Circulation Rate
schoolphysics ::Welcome:: Sample Creative Teaching Ideas Convection and a tea bag This is a fun experiment to demonstrate convection especially if you use the £10 note! Take a tea bag, slit one end open and remove the tea. Shape the bag into a cylinder and stand it on a sheet of paper on the bench (a heat resistant mat underneath the paper is not really necessary but might be a good idea the first time you try this). Set light to the top of the bag and wait. The flame will burn downwards sending a fine stream of ash into the air. Replacing the sheet of paper with a £10 note makes the demonstration even more exciting but if you try it is at your own risk! Age range: 11-14, 14-16, 16-19, AdultApparatus needed: Tea bag Matches Heat resistant mat Sheet of paper £10 note – OPTIONAL! Collapsing bottle and air pressure This demonstration of atmospheric pressure is very simple and direct and avoids heating cans of air! Age range: 11-13 Apparatus required:Plastic bottle with rubber tube fitted to a bung in its neck Water Bucket
Teaching Strategies 9. Be enthusiastic - you dont have to be an entertainer but you should be excited by your topic. (from Cashin, 1990, pp. 60-61) Case Method. Providing an opportunity for students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life experiences has proven to be an effective way of both disseminating and integrating knowledge. The case method is an instructional strategy that engages students in active discussion about issues and problems inherent in practical application. Course content cases can come from a variety of sources. Discussion. Obviously, a successful class discussion involves planning on the part of the instructor and preparation on the part of the students. Active Learning. Assessing or grading students' contributions in active learning environments is somewhat problematic. Cooperative Learning. When integrating cooperative or collaborative learning strategies into a course, careful planning and preparation are essential. Integrating Technology. Distance Learning.
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