Best practices for whiteboarding in the physics classroom

by Sam McKagan and Daryl McPadden
Whiteboards are an indispensable tool that physicists use to work out ideas individually and collaboratively, and to present those ideas, both for public discussion and critique of tentative ideas and for communication of more fully formed ideas. In this recommendation, we offer guidance for how to use whiteboarding effectively in your classroom.

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whiteboarding, best practices, SCALE-UP, Modeling Instruction

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How can I talk about equity in physics classes?

by Danny Doucette, Shinae Park and Moses Rifkin

Where can I find good questions to use with clickers or Peer Instruction?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director

What makes research-based teaching methods in physics work?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort Director


Introduction to research-based teaching in physics (Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite)

by Joe Redish, with introduction by Sam McKagan
Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite is a book written by Joe Redish, one of the early leaders of physics education research. It was published in 2003 and still provides one of the best introductions to research-based teaching in physics. You can download the entire book in pdf format for free here on PhysPort, or buy it from Wiley.

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active learning

How do I design introductory physics labs to meet specific goals?

by N. G. Holmes, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics and the Department of Physics, Cornell University
There are a lot of things going on in a lab: from handling equipment, analyzing data, coordinating data with relevant physics ideas, to communicating results and working in a team. How do you decide what goals to focus on and what kinds of activities are best suited to those goals?

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lab skills

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