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How can I set up an effective mentoring program to support students in my department?

by Ramón S. Barthelemy
As physicists and physics educators we know that a physics education is much more than computational problem solving and bookwork. Knowledge and skills needed to navigate a career pathway in physics that are often learned informally include:
-the unspoken requirement to do undergraduate research
-the necessity to study for the physics GRE well in advance of the test date
-strong research lab...
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What are some tips for using PhET with homework?

by Stephanie Chasteen
PhET simulations are free, online interactive simulations for teaching and learning science.   PhET is ideal for use in homework because the simulations are designed to cue students to explore cause-and-effect relationships, even without an instructor present.
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teaching, PhET Interactive Simulations, homework, active learning, assessment


How can I design an effective in-class student worksheet for PhET simulations?

by Yuen-ying Carpenter and Stephanie Chasteen
PhET simulations are free, online interactive simulations for teaching and learning science. In this document, we will discuss using PhET in a guided worksheet; a strategy which has been found to support student learning. But how do we help students use the questions and the simulation to think about the physics, or to practice new skills – not just focus on getting to the end of the worksheet?
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teaching, active learning, PhET Interactive Simulations, worksheets, cooperative groups, inquiry


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