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New Physics Teacher Workshops – E&M

Next month there will be two workshops on Electricity and Magnetism. You or someone you know could benefit from attending these.  Please share this information with a new physics teacher.

Determine which workshop is right for you
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Rejoice and be glad

New Physics Teacher Workshop – Electricity & Magnetism
Saturday Jan 13 @ San Diego State University
RSVP at this link
Meeting is free with free equipment giveaways

New Physics Teacher Workshop – Electricity & Magnetism
Saturday Jan 20 @ Loyola Marymont University – Los Angeles
RSVP at this link
Meeting is free with free equipment giveaways

Free Workshop! Free Materials!! Free Lunch!!!  Free Parking!!!!

Active Learning Short Course

Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—June 19-21, 2018, Portland, Oregon

Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon. (Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.)

Instructors: David Sokoloff, University of Oregon and Ronald Thornton, Tufts University

Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.

The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula, will also be distributed.

The course fee is $225. (Early bird registration until […]

Physics/Physical Science Teacher Needed

Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine is currently looking for qualified part time (80%) Physics/Physical Science Teacher for the spring semester – January 2, 2018 – June 13, 2018.

Position Summary:

The teacher will plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential. To attend and participate in daily school activities, School-sponsored after school, evening and/or weekend activities.

Qualifications (preferred):

Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution
Relevant teaching experience
Knowledge of relevant technology

The position will be for up to 4 classes (80% position) for the spring semester – January 2, 2018- June 13, 2018.  These classes include: AP Physics 1, Physics, 8th grade Physical Science and Coding: Python.

To apply, go to: and attach resume/cover letter.

Part-time PHYS and ASTR instructors wanted

MiraCosta College in north San Diego County is currently looking for qualified part-time physics and astronomy instructors for this spring. Classes begin January 22, 2018.

There are openings for the following courses:

ASTR 201: Introductory Astronomy, Tu/Th 1:30-2:45pm, Oceanside Campus
PHYS 151: Principles of Physics I, Tu/Th 7:30-10:15am, San Elijo Campus
PHYS 253: Principles of Physics III, Mo/We 2:30-5:15pm, San Elijo Campus

They are also accepting applications on an ongoing basis to increase our pool of available part-time physics instructors.

To apply, go to and click on “Search Postings” in the menu on the left. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Physics/Astronomy” under “Discipline or Department.”

Contact Erika Peters ( with any questions, and feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might be interested.