PhysTEC Teacher Recruiting Materials

published by the American Physical Society

The PhysTEC collaboration includes diverse institutions each with their own methods of teacher recruitment. This page collects recruiting materials from the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The site also provides templates allowing the creation of individualized materials.

PhysTEC Publicity Brochure

written by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition brochure advertises PhysTEC programs to the physics community and the public.

PhysTEC Publicity Poster

written by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

This poster is used at exhibitions to advertise the PhysTEC program.

Recruitment Strategies

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The need to recruit and prepare more physics teachers could not be clearer. The National Academies' report Rising Above the Gathering Storm states that the most consistent and powerful predictor of student achievement in science and mathematics is a teacher who is fully certified and has at least a bachelor's degree in the content area; however, two thirds of today's high school physics teachers did not major in physics, and over 90% of middle school physical science students are taught by teachers without a physical science major or certification. The American Association for Employment in Education consistently lists high school physics as one of the fields with the most severe teacher shortages. We will continue to see these kinds of statistics until physics departments around the country become deeply involved in teacher preparation.

Learning Assistants: Strategies

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

Learning Assistants are talented undergraduates who work with faculty members to make large-enrollment courses more collaborative, student-centered, and interactive. Learning Assistant programs provide potential future teachers with strongly supported and low-stress early teaching experiences that can encourage them to pursue teaching certification. In many cases, these potential teachers can be unsuspecting students who do not know they have an interest in teaching until they try it. Thus, a Learning Assistant program broadens the pool of students from which you can recruit future physics teachers. In fact, research has shown that Learning Assistant programs improve undergraduate performance in physics courses, facilitate multi-disciplinary collaboration among faculty, involve more faculty in teacher preparation efforts, and recruit talented science majors to teaching careers. Learning Assistants also enhance their content knowledge through the process of teaching course material.

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