Monthly Archives: March 2018

What I learned about FSU’s Physics students when Orange County Public Schools leaders visited to recruit teachers

Last Thursday, a high-powered delegation from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) visited the FSU Physics Department to recruit teachers from among math and science undergraduate and graduate students. The delegation included the Superintendent’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Bridget Williams, the … Continue reading

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FSU vs. UF in the classroom: Which institution engages science, engineering and health profession students better? A Tallahassee Democrat op-ed

Update (Wednesday evening):  The Chair of the UF Physics Department responded with a letter to the editor in the Democrat. FSU provides state-of-the-art studio physics learning environments, while UF features its online science courses.  Which would be best for your kid? I … Continue reading

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A response for Richard Olexa: Yes, online courses can be better than traditional lecture courses. But we can do so much better than either.

Dr. Richard Olexa responded via twitter to my Orlando Sentinel op-ed on the perils of the State University System’s emphasis on online instruction.  He said this:  “As an alum and someone who took Physics at FSU, I say this very … Continue reading

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“State’s push for online studies will hurt STEM students”: an Orlando Sentinel op-ed

The Sentinel published my op-ed comparing online and studio-style classes in this morning’s edition. The bottom line?  Online college science courses that isolate students make it harder for women and students from disadvantaged backgrounds to become engineers and scientists. But that’s what the … Continue reading

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2017 Florida Teacher Certification Exam results show supply of new high school math teachers continues to decline; Chemistry, Biology, Earth/Space Science decline as well.

The Florida Department Education report on 2017 FTCE results was posted earlier this week, and the 2014-2017 results are taken from that report.  The 2013 results (which are not included in the new report) are taken from last year’s report, … Continue reading

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If you are a professor in a college or university physics department (or chemistry, computer science or math department), then you have a responsibility to help recruit high school teachers – even if you aren’t getting any help from your College of Education colleagues.

If you are a professor in a physics department (or chemistry, computer science or math department) that has a wonderful working relationship with your university’s College of Education so that your students find the idea of becoming teachers attractive and … Continue reading

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Addressing the shortages of teachers in chemistry, computer science, math and physics: The report of the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs

Here is the Executive Summary of the report “Recruiting Teachers in High-needs STEM Fields: A Survey of Current Majors and Recent STEM Graduates”, which was released by the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs in January, 2017.  The Executive … Continue reading

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