University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Education Seminar

Friday, March 27th 2015
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Julie Vievering, University of Minnesota
Subject: Reimagining the Physics TA: A Deeper Look Into the Essential Role of Coach

In this seminar, I will discuss the role of a TA in the Minnesota Model for teaching physics from my perspective as both a TA for the intro physics courses and a mentor to the new graduate and undergraduate TAs. In addition, this session will explore the learning theories which connect to the coaching methods used by TAs, contrasting these methods with more traditional ones, and highlight the opportunities that the structure of our discussions/labs creates for our students. Finally, after noting the pedagogical benefits of the ideal form of the model and the importance of the TA in facilitating the learning process, we will discuss the challenges that physics TAs in our department often face, and explore possible remedies.

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