red Supported Site SUNY Geneseo: Goals & Outcomes


Project Goal: Double the number of physics majors at Geneseo recommended for certification in physics.

Goals for this year:

  1. By May 2013 at least six students from the class of 2014 and six students from the class of 2015 will be enrolled as physics teacher candidates (with a major listed as Physics: Adolescent Education: Physics & General Science).
  2. Travel with at least four Geneseo physics teacher candidates to a national physics meeting to attend PER presentations.

Project Goal: Develop and test a model of collaborative Activity Teams, bringing together upper level teacher candidates, 1st and 2 nd-year physics majors, and area high school students as a way to encourage physics majors to understand and consider careers in high school teaching.

Goals for this year:

  1. By May of 2013, at least six of our physics majors will participate on Build-it, Leave-it, Teach-it (BLT) teams involving three or more local high schools.
  2. By May of 2013, a team of Geneseo undergraduate researchers will have completed an undergraduate research project on PER using data from the BLT
  3. The TIR, student researchers, and Activity Teams will design and fabricate at least two pieces of equipment for the Build-it, Leave-it, Teach-it program.

Project Goal: Develop two new courses that integrate physics content courses with physics pedagogy to support the new 5-year master’s program.

Additional Goals for this year:

  1. 6) Goals for this year: By May of 2013, The PhysTEC team will have submitted a course proposal to the Education and Physics and Astronomy Departments that meets the needs of the new 5-year combined degree program.

Selected Outcomes

  • There are six students from the class of 2014 and five students from the class of 2015 listed in the "Physics: Adolescent Education: Physics & General Science" program, which is how we define a physics teacher candidate. (Goal 1 above)
  • Seven Geneseo physics teacher candidates attended the 2013 PhysTEC National Meeting in Baltimore Maryland. (Goal 2 above)
  • Ten different Geneseo physics teacher candidates presented BLTs in local physics classrooms. There were thirteen separate visits to six different school districts. (Goal 3 above)
  • Three students hired as undergraduate researchers designed, implemented and completed a BLT PER project based on Interactive Lecture Demonstrations. They reported this work at SUNY Geneseo's GREAT ("Geneseo Recognizes Excellence, Acheivement, and Talent") Day. (Goal 4 above)
  • Two sets of BLT equipment ("Slinky" and "Faraday Jump Rope") were designed, assembled, and built. (Goal 5 above)
  • The Geneseo TAG met on March 7, 2013 and had a good discussion about ways to involve Geneseo students in local physics classrooms and a good interaction at a mixer for teachers and PhysTEC students.
  • We have submitted a proposal for a chapter in the Effective Practices in Preservice Physics Teacher Education, a peer-reviewed book sponsored by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, and we were invited to submit a full proposal.