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Mar 15, 2018

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Modules for Preparing Future Physics Teachers

Teaching Physics Modules are an outgrowth of an initiative of the Physics Teachers Education Coalition to help preservice physics teachers in their preparation to be effective in the classroom. The modules focus on several crucial aspects of classroom instruction, with the purpose of improving student learning, motivation, and confidence. At the same time, they show how to make the science practices and crosscutting concepts of the Next Generation Science Standards integral parts of learning physics. The modules are grouped around three themes: multiple representations, planning instructional elements, and experiments in physics instruction. The modules help preservice teachers learn how to plan their instruction using productive representations to assist their students in bridging phenomena, terms, and mathematics. The modules also help these teachers make the learning of physics resemble the practice of physics through an innovative use of experiments in the classroom. The materials are available to instructors under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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