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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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How can I fulfill “writing across the curriculum” requirements in a physics class?


by Leslie Atkins Elliott
Many universities require a "writing across the curriculum" (WAC) course, where students receive focused instruction on writing in their discipline. Informal writing is integral to how physicists do physics. By explicitly attending to informal writing, you can address many WAC goals and support the effective use of research-based methods in physics.

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Best Practices for Administering Attitudes and Beliefs Surveys in Physics


by Adrian Madsen, Sam McKagan, Ellie Sayre; PhysPort director, assistant director, and research director
Physics education researchers have created several surveys to assess one important aspect of thinking like a physicist: what students believe that learning physics is all about. In this article, we introduce attitudes and beliefs surveys and give advice on how to choose, administer, and score them in your classes.

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