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Introducing Physics Students to PER

Physics Education Researchers know that active learning is better for students than lectures. At the same time, anyone who has attempted active learning environment knows that students do not always believe this to be true. The same holds true for study methods and habits. Instead students will balk and complain that “my teacher doesn’t teach”.… Continue reading Introducing Physics Students to PER

Use What You’ve Got

When I student teaching my former AP teacher told me I should come to a Physics Northwest meeting. PNW meets monthly during the school year at different high schools so teachers from all over can get together for “Phood, Phellowship and Phun”. The host school provides dinner and after an hour teachers get up and… Continue reading Use What You’ve Got

School in a Sitcom Structure

25 minutes. In the length of time it takes to watch a sitcom on Netflix, I’m expected to engage 25-30 students in physics. Time has a funny way of shaping our priorities. This week I started reading Ainissa Ramierez’ book The Alchemy of Us. It is a new release and if you are the kind… Continue reading School in a Sitcom Structure

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About Me

Hi, I’m Marianna Ruggerio. I’ve taught physics since 2009. I’m incredibly passionate about increasing diversity and equity in physics, as well as mentorship of preservice and novice teachers. Here you will find me sharing my classroom ideas, reflections and making Physics Education Research tangible for fellow high school teachers.

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