Physics Theorynet Meeting, October 17, 2020
Virtual place on Zoom
Tim Fitzgibbon, Dr. William W Henderson Inclusion School, Dorchester
Scott Goelzer, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy NH
Michael Hirsh, Needham HS
Nicole Preiser, Burr & Burton Academy, Manchester VT
Mike Wadness, Medford HS
Jim Halverson, Northeastern University
Brent Nelson, Northeastern University
Ken Olum, Tufts University
Jesse Thaler, MIT
Tomasz Taylor, Northeastern University
We welcome two new teachers, Nicole Preiser from Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester VT and Tim Fitzgibbon from Dr. William W Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester.
In the introductory discussion, teachers described how they are handling on-line teaching. The main problem is student participation. On the other hand, remote format offers a great opportunity for Theorynet class visits far beyond Boston area, to VT, NH and RI. There were several excellent suggestions how to enrich student experience. Among them:
1. Faculty remain on Zoom after visiting classes to talk with students one-on-one in breakout rooms; hold an "office hour" later that day or on the following one
2. Joint multi-college open house co-hosted by physics faculty from Northeastern, MIT, Harvard, Brandeis and Tufts (and BU maybe? :):). Teachers, please decide what would be the best TIME/DATE (please propose 2 TWO dates) and get back to Tom who will organize it.
3. The new NSF AI Institute directed by Jesse Thaler will be involved in outreach activities (Brent Nelson is the coordinator). AI could team up with Theorynet by bringing faculty working in data science, a subject of high interest among high school students.
We made the following pairings:
Michael in Needham - Ken
Mike in Medford - Brent
Nicole - Tom
Tim - Jim
Scott - TBA
More pairings will be made later.
Teachers who did not attend the meeting, please contact Tom who will arrange a visit with one of the faculty. Faculty who did not participate, please contact Tom who will pair you.
The next meeting will take place in early January.