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Abstract Title: Impact of the Learning Assistant Experience for High School Physics Students
Abstract: An ongoing partnership was formed between the conceptual physics classes at an urban high school and the second-grade classes at an elementary school in the same district. During the latter half of the course, students in the high school classes learned how to create backward design lesson plans and utilize formative assessments to measure student understanding. The physics students then created lesson plans pertaining to three units of study (Newton's Laws, conservation of energy, and electrostatics), which they implemented in their partner elementary classroom. Participating physics classes were comparatively evaluated for effects on content understanding and retention, engagement, motivation, and perception of learning. Data from four classes will be presented with recommendations for continuing the elementary-secondary physics partnership. Project was partially funded by NSF grant #DUE 934921 and ING Financial Service's Unsung Hero Award.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Susan Nicholson-Dykstra
Northglenn High School
601 W 100th Pl
Northglenn, CO 80260
Phone: 303-842-6778
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Joshua H. Cuchiaro, Valerie K. Otero