The Virtual Image is my place to write reflections on teaching. I’ve been teaching for about 20 years in and around Philadelphia, mostly physics. I’ve used Active Physics and Modeling Instruction and I teach AP Physics C (both Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism). I’ve taken the Matter & Interactions course for teachers from Bruce Sherwood, attended my first AAPT meeting in Winter of 1992, and been a member of AAPT since 1990. I try to encourage critical thinking, use technology, integrate cooperative learning, foster literacy, and keep up with the paperwork. In between, I hope to reflect regularly on what I am doing, and I hope some of my colleagues across the country will comment and make suggestions.
I am currently (2012-2013) the president of the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) and I am also interested in how we can best serve the teachers using Modeling Instruction, and how we can expand the use of Modeling Instruction to more teachers and disciplines.
One of the major lessons I have learned as a teacher is that there is always more to learn. I hope this blog will be another learning opportunity.