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Reflecting on the Year of COVID

I think I’m ready to reflect on last school year: the year of COVID-19. While we may not be post-pandemic, and while a myriad of mitigations will likely still be in place next fall, we have three effective vaccines, and nearly no mystery left. Over the course oof 180 days we had 4 different schedules.… Continue reading Reflecting on the Year of COVID

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.

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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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