Middle Tennessee State University: Collaboration
- Local physics teachers are outspoken advocates for MTSU physics.
- Five students from local high schools have matriculated to MTSU to study physics.
- MTeach director and non-physics master teachers encourage students to consider physics teaching, and refer students to the department.
- Renewed efforts at forming a Teacher Advisory Group have been successful. Meeting on teachers' schedules, offering continuing education credits, giving away simple demonstrations, and providing food all help.
- High school teacher that is the only Physics Modeler in the county left the area for another opportunity.
- Our first three physics teaching graduates have moved from the area: one to Texas, one to Chattanooga, and one to a Nashville middle school.
- We will assign responsibility for the Teacher Advisory Group to our new PER faculty member.
- Bringing TAG teachers together requires planning, and knowledge of the school system schedules.
- Providing incentives and making productive use of the meeting time helps TAG participation.
- Students in the physics teaching concentration attended a 2-week workshop on Modeling Physics during summer 2011.
- Students enrolled in The Teaching of Physics visited Siegel High School to observe Physics Modeling.
- Six area high school teachers met with PhysTEC PI as a Teacher Advisory Group in October.
- PER faculty member is providing one-on-one mentoring for two new local high school physics teachers.
- Area high school teachers, a retired principle, and two former teachers formed an advisory panel that fielded questions from students in The Teaching of Physics.
- Chairman of Educational Leadership and the Associated Dean for Teacher Licensure meet regularly with PhysTEC PI in monthly STEM education meeting.