Monthly Archives: August 2017

Incentives might help reverse the decline in the supply of new Math 6-12 teachers in Florida – a Tallahassee Democrat op-ed

The Tallahassee Democrat carried my op-ed on using financial incentives to reverse Florida’s sharp decline in the supply of new Math 6-12 teachers.  It cites the recent report from the American Physical Society on the recruiting of teachers in math, physical sciences … Continue reading

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Brandon Haught’s commentary in the journal Nature is a call for university faculty to get involved in K-12 education

I made my third appearance in the prestigious journal Nature today. The first appearance – in 2005 – was a report on a study of the nuclear spectroscopy of the exotic neutron-rich nucleus Silicon-42. The second (in 2010) was a commentary I … Continue reading

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A note to my #iteachphysics colleagues: Florida’s big problem isn’t the availability of high school physics. It’s a lack of understanding of the importance of taking it.

The Twitter chat group #iteachphysics, which is led by the National Society of Black Physicists, “meets” every other Saturday morning during the school year.  I was unable to join them this morning, but a notification popped up in my Twitter … Continue reading

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FSU’s new 81-studio science studio classroom to debut Monday

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News item: Candidate for Governor Putnam downplays the need for “advanced education” in STEM. Does Florida overemphasize the production of bachelors’ degrees in science and engineering fields?

A report on a speech given by Adam Putnam to the Kissimmee Elks Club this morning is given in the blog Florida Politics.  Reporter Scott Powers says that Putnam “downplayed the need for advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics … Continue reading

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Rutherford High School and Bozeman School opening new STEM horizons for their students

On Friday night, Rutherford High School defeated the Bozeman School 20-7 in the football season opener for both teams. But when I visited both schools on Friday – before the football game – I saw that students are winning at … Continue reading

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Will the 2018 Florida Legislature address the math and science teacher crisis? Almost certainly not.

I have already lost hope that the 2018 Florida Legislature will address the math and science teacher crisis. Instead, it seems almost certain that on K-12 education the Legislature will be completely occupied with the dueling efforts to repeal some … Continue reading

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Purdue University is serious about active learning: The new 164,000 square foot $79 million Wilmuth Active Learning Center

Purdue did what you do when you are serious about improving the learning of your students.  Here is a report on the new building from the Lafayette Journal and Courier. And below is the floor plan for the new facility.  You … Continue reading

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What is the best way to recruit and prepare teachers?

A commenter named Laurie Bartlett shared this a few days ago: Prof, Is it true that if you have a college degree, are part of a teacher certification program, or pass a certification exam (ESE,ESOL or other), that you can … Continue reading

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So which high school students should take physics? (And chemistry, precalculus and calculus…)

Every high school student who will be attending a four-year college should take physics.  And chemistry, precalculus and calculus (if possible). Why?  Because every student attending a four-year college should be equipped by her or his high school background to … Continue reading

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