High school physics teachers: What are you doing to boost physics enrollments? Are you expanding or restarting Honors Physics? Recruiting students from Honors Physics for AP Physics 1?

It appears that AP Physics 1 did not quite work out the way we hoped it would.  It’s a fine course, but enrollments in Florida public high schools have plateaued at about 7,500 per year and passing rates are stuck near 40%.

Recently, I’ve talked with some teachers who are restarting Honors Physics or are expanding their Honors Physics offerings.  Some are also planning to use Honors Physics to recruit students into AP Physics 1 – effectively making AP Physics 1 a second year course.

If you are a high school physics teacher, let me know how you are coping with the challenges posed by AP Physics 1 enrollments.  Write to me at my FSU e-mail address or send me a tweet.  If you’d like, I’ll post your ideas on this blog.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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