Supported Site University of Alabama: Early Teaching Experience
- 12 LAs served as teaching assistants in Studio Physics classrooms during the fall and spring semesters. Almost all of the LAs and their faculty mentors rated their experiences very positively.
- Several of the LAs also served as teaching assistants one hour each week in a local high physics classroom. Both the LAs and the host HS physics teachers were enthusiastic about these experiences.
- There are a limited number of local high school physics classes. Some schools don't offer physics and most only offer one or two classes each semester.
- Student schedules often conflict with the times that HS physics classes are taught.
- Travel is an issue. Some high schools are distant from the university and some students don't have personal transportation.
- The University has committed to extend support for the LA program for three years beyond the PhysTEC funding period. If this continues to be a success, then hopefully the program will be continued indefinitely.
- The department will make use of the TAG, TIR contacts, and Alabama Science in Motion to build up a network of local physics teachers who can host a UA student to assist in their classroom.
- More effort needs to be made to encourage good mentoring and effective use of LAs by faculty in the Studio Physics classes.
- LAs can be effective in helping faculty reform upper-level physics courses.
- Because of scheduling conflicts and travel limitations, alternative models need to be explored to provide students with early teaching experiences in local schools.
- 12 LAs served as teaching assistants in Studio Physics classrooms during the fall and spring semesters.
- Several of the LAs also served as teaching assistants one hour each week in a local high physics classroom.