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Toward Expert Level Thinking: Talk for AAPT SM 2021

One of the distinguishing attributes of first year physics students is the novice-style approach to solving problems, typically based upon common variables or equation hunting. Having students shift to more expert-like strategies, based upon more over-arching ideas or concepts is often a challenge in physics teaching. This talk will discuss several strategies implemented in an urban-emergent high school for both traditional junior level students, as well as AP level students to help shift student approaches from novice to expert.

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

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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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