Physics Teacher SOS
NEW TEACHER WORKSHOP


Welcome to the PTSOS website. We focus on content useful for teachers new to
teaching physics at the high school and community college level.

Paul Robinson
Workshop Leader

San Mateo High School
(Retired)

Paul taught high school physics from 1974 to 2011. He is a long-time member of and contributor to NCNAAPT having served as Program Chair, Historian, and Section Representative for many years. He is the author of the Conceptual Physics lab manuals and the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1987.

Dan Burns
Workshop Leader

Los Gatos High School


Dan has been teaching high school physics since 1992. He has been a member, officer, and contributor with NCNAAPT. He works with the SETI Institute, USGS, AAPT, SJSU, and serves as the Faculty Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Stephanie Finander
Outreach Coordinator

Woodside High School


Stephanie has taught high school physics since 1990. She is a long-time member of and contributor to NCNAAPT. She is a principal founder and organizer of the PTSOS New Teacher Workshop, and moderates the PTSOS discussion group.

PTSOS is made possible by a
grant from
The Karl L. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
www.karlbrown.org/

Join the PTSOS Group

Get the latest announcements and updates on PTSOS! For more information email Stephanie Finander: sfinander@sbcglobal.net.

The next AAPT meeting will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 26-30, 2014.


PTSOS is brought to you by The Northern California and Nevada Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers. The next NCNAAPT meeting will be November 14-15 at City College of San Francisco.


New Physics Teacher Workshops
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The New Physics Teacher Workshops are a series of free, day-long, professional development workshops for teachers new to teaching physics in the Southern California area.

Photos of Past Workshops
PTSOS Workshop 1/31/09
PTSOS Workshop 1/22/11

7/7/2014
Registration is now open for the August 23, 2014 New Teacher Workshop!
More here...

PTSOS Workshops 1, 2, 3 & 4 CEU Forms
Please send a request for these forms to Paul Robinson at
pablo@laserpablo.com

See participants at PTSOS click their balls (QT movie)
...to demonstrate how mechanical energy is converted into heat.


PTSOS participants hold up their Peer Instruction books, one of the many goodies they received.
(Click on the picture to see a TourWrist pano.)

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Workshop 4

August 23, 2014
September 27, 2014
(tentative)
TBA, 2015
TBA, 2015
Mechanics-1
Mechanics-2
Waves, Sound,
and Heat
Electricity,
Magnetism,
and Light
Overcoming
Inertia
The Gravity of
the Matter
Give Physics
a Whirl
Come See
the Light
Files & Resources
Files & Resources
Files & Resources
Files & Resources
All workshops will be held at Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, CA (map)
To signup for a workshop, contact
Stephanie Finander at sfinander@sbcglobal.net
See our BROCHURE

~ Physics Teacher SOS ~
Where Northern California's new and newly assigned physics teachers
are mentored by successful, experienced physics teachers...FOR FREE!

Fifty Percent of New Teachers Leave Teaching Within Five Years...

       The call to recruit new teachers is heard across the nation. Efforts to retain new teachers are sporadic or non-existent. It's tough enough being a new teacher. Being a new physics teacher involves a special set of challenges.

• You have very little laboratory apparatus
• Some of what you do have is a complete mystery
• You're confused about content standards and statewide assessments
• Your physics enrollment is low
• Worst of all, there's no one you can ask for physics teaching guidance

That's Where Physics Teacher SOS Comes In!

       Physics Teacher SOS (PTSOS) offers workshops, mentors, and online support for new and newly assigned physics teachers in Northern California. There is no cost to individual teachers or their schools for these services. Any teacher newly assigned to teach physics within the last five years is encouraged to participate.

PTSOS Workshops

       Workshop leaders guide new teachers through a variety of activities and discussion topics, including:

• effective demonstrations (and how to demonstrate them)
• how to deal with paperwork
• minimizing lecture
• lab group management
• funding and how to be prepared for it
• how to increase physics enrollment
• content standards and statewide assessments
• managing apparatus
• integrating technology into curriculum
• effective presentation (PowerPoint) techniques
• topics brought up by the new teachers in attendance


***Attendees are given a variety of support materials at the workshops (lots of free goodies!).***

PTSOS Mentors

       New teachers are paired with experienced, local physics teacher mentors. The mentors are there to provide one-on-one guidance where needed and to answer questions that come up throughout the school year.

PTSOS Online Community

       Physics Teacher SOS maintains an online discussion group. Workshop leaders and mentors monitor the messages and add to the ongoing discussion of topics as they arise. To join the group, go to our PTSOS Yahoo Groups signup page or email our Outreach Coordinator, Stephanie Finander, at sfinander@sbcglobal.net

PTSOS Workshop Signups

       To signup for a workshop or for more information, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Stephanie Finander, at sfinander@sbcglobal.net. Space is limited so signup early to reserve your spot!



Selected Workshop Resource Links

Paul Robinson's Website
www.laserpablo.com

Paul Robinson: Increasing Your Impact (PDF)
Words to the wise from your New Teacher Workshop organizer and leader.

Paul Robinson: Getting to Know Your Textbook (PDF)
A set of questions students answer by exploring their Conceptual Physics textbook.

Dan's Roadrunner Clips
These clips from Warner Brothers Road Runner and Coyote cartoons are intended for use by physics teachers. Suggestions for use are included next to each clip.

Dan Burns' Website
http://www.lghs.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?
uREC_ID=142826&type=u

Stephanie Finander's Goodie Bag Notes (PDF)
Words to the wise from your PTSOS Outreach coordinator.

Dean Baird's Phyz Website
A fountain of teacher resources including
The Book of Phyz Online.

"Next-Time Questions" by Paul Hewitt
Challenging and fascinating questions that will spark interest and discussion amongst your students.

Pretty Good Physics Wiki
A treasure trove of physics resources.

Optics Bookshelf
A great optics website by Clarence Bakken.

Field Trip at the Lab: Science on Saturday
Join a group of science teachers and middle and high school students on a field trip to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the annual Science on Saturday (SOS) lecture series.

Suggested Vendors

PASCO
Excellent products. Lab equipment, demo equipment, probeware, etc. And a long-standing sponsor of NCNAAPT events. Pasco has a rich
Educator Resource page.

Sargent-Welch
Wide variety. If they haven't got it, you probably don't want it! Sargent-Welch hosts the Cenco Physics Blog which features product demonstration videos..

Arbor Scientific
Fun, unusual, and high-interest items. Conceptual Physics
resources and lab activities. They publish a Cool Stuff Newsletter, and have a growing library of product demonstration videos.

Science Kit
Excellent variety. Known for their "
Teacher Developed Classroom Tested" products!

Vernier Software
Excellent computer interface and probeware. And a long-time friend of NCNAAPT. You can get their newsletter,
The Caliper, online or via free email subscription.


Paul Robinson, pablo@laserpablo.com | Dan Burns, dburns@lgsuhsd.org | Stephanie Finander, sfinander@sbcglobal.net