I teach physics at an independent high school in North Carolina. Over the past ten years, I’ve met and been inspired by an incredible group of dedicated, energetic and creative science teachers through the modeling instruction program. These teachers have been participants in workshops that I’ve taught, instructors of fellow students in workshops I’ve attended, or colleagues I’ve worked with to promote modeling instruction at the state and national level.
Through attending the Physics Teacher Camp organized by John Burk, I became acquainted with a group of teachers who wrote blogs about their physics teaching. I was impressed with the way opening their teaching practice to public comment helped them to reflect on their teaching and improve.
My motivation for starting a blog at this time is also fueled by wanting a vehicle to share a new physics apparatus that I developed over the summer. Once again, as friends jokingly point out I seem to do every year, I’m making ambitious changes in the way that I teach my courses. Here’s hoping that someone will benefit from my reflections on teaching, and that writing this blog will help me continue to reflect on my own teaching and improve.