One of the most consistent things secondary, and even undergraduate students state about learning Physics is that they “fear” it. Especially in physics, students often feel intimidated and can even enter a physics class believing they cannot understand the concepts and math involved.
This workshop will explore an active learning and modeling approach to physics. Together we’ll engage in a student-centered activity and demonstration for introducing a number of Thermodynamics concepts. In student mode, we will learn how to model physical phenomena using multiple representations and whiteboards. In teacher-mode we will reflect on ways to utilize student’s prior knowledge in the physics classroom. By the end of the workshop participants will leave with a better understanding of how to energize your physics teaching and engage your students in new ways.