I just finished up with a fabulous Global Physics Department meeting. Tonight we coached two teachers who were brave enough to submit videos of their classrooms and take the (hopefully constructive) criticism of their peers. Here’s a recording of tonight’s session.
I’m really impressed, both with what we did tonight, and with the potential for this to be of great use to physics teachers. I know I really enjoy it when I can visit a colleague’s classroom, and I enjoy talking with people who’ve visited mine, and here’s an opportunity to do at least one of those once a month!
The Global Physics Department is not quite a year old yet, but it’s the crux of my own professional development as a physics teacher. We’ve had some fabulous guests, but even better conversations. We’ve talked about curriculum, textbooks, pedagogy, and physics humor. I feel that we’re building a great community to help support all of us.
When you think about the number of physics teachers who are alone in their high school buildings, or who feel alone when thinking about working on being better teachers in their own department, you can see the potential community for the Global Physics Department.
Please consider joining us. We meet every Wednesday night for an hour starting at 9:30pm ET (that’s 8:30pm in the greatest time zone, of course). I don’t think you’ll regret it.