Periscope: Looking into Learning
Become a better teacher, help
others become better teachers
Get more out of your classrooms.
See better. Listen better. Teach better.
What is Periscope?
A collection of lessons for faculty and LAs/TAs to:
- watch and discuss videos of best-practices physics classrooms
- apply lessons learned to actual teaching situations
- practice interpreting student behavior
- become more effective teachers
For details on how to implement Periscope lessons, see the Periscope Facilitator's Guide.
Periscope lessons in 3 easy steps
"Periscope has become integral in our efforts to introduce faculty to LA-facilitated learning environments. Videos provide a shared context for faculty to observe, identify, and discuss the roles of LAs, students, and materials in these settings." - Laurie Langdon, Learning Assistant Program Co-Director, University of Colorado-Boulder
"My TAs said they had never realized there was so much to attend to besides just student ideas. I was impressed with the variety of things they noticed - LA and student behaviors, body language, power dynamics, physics content, gender stuff, the structure of the rooms, student attitudes." - Steve Pollock, Professor of Physics and Physics Learning Assistant Program Director, University of Colorado-Boulder
"The video episodes are engaging and always stimulate valuable discussions about the learning and teaching of physics (and STEM content more broadly). Due to the rich and nuanced nature of the videos, a single clip can be used to probe different aspects of teaching and learning and can support discussions of all lengths." - MacKenzie Stetzer, Professor of Physics and instructor of Learning Assistant pedagogy course, University of Maine, former director of teaching assistant training, University of Washington
Periscope is perfect for TA/LA pedagogy courses, faculty development seminars, and self-study. 20 lesson sets and over 100 lessons cover topics such as:
- How do I facilitate students working well in groups?
- Does it matter if students are unhappy in my class?
- What ideas do students have about specific physics topics and how can I address them?