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Name: Physics Union Mathematics (PUM) at Rutgers Univeristy
School/Institution: Rutgers University
Department/Unit: Graduate School of Education
City: New Brunswick
State: NJ
Opportunity Type: Other Opportunity
Teacher Status: Inservice
those who preprare teachers
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: Rutgers invites high school physics teachers, physical science teachers, and middle school physical science teachers to spend a week in July learning how to implement Physics Union Mathematics (PUM) curriculum modules (kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, and electrostatics). In the classrooms using PUM modules students learn physics by engaging in practices similar to that of physicists constructing and applying knowledge. PUM focuses on mathematical reasoning that strengthens students' reasoning abilities in both math and physics. Students learning physics through PUM engage in active explorations of physical phenomena. They learn to collect data and to represent them in multiple ways, to use proportional reasoning to find patterns in the data, to explain them and to test their explanations in new experiments. They work in groups designing their own experiments and have ample opportunities to pose and answer their own questions. PUM materials help teachers build a learning community in the classroom.

PUM modules contain lesson activities, homework questions, daily quiz questions and final tests. They use simple equipment that any school is likely to have. In case of the lack of needed equipment, Rutgers has a small lending library. The modules work with any textbook and can be implemented "as is" or used to supplement any materials that the teacher already uses. Part of the PUM materials are videos of the physics experiments on the award winning website Rutgers Physics Teaching Technology Resource The modules make use of another award winning website

During the workshop the participants will:

·      Improve their understanding of physics content, process, and specifically different productive representations such as motion diagrams, force diagrams, energy bar charts, graphs, and mathematical representations.

·      Improve their understanding of student ideas and productive ways to help students learn.

·      Learn about PUM philosophy and general module structure.

·      Do most of the module activities for the modules kinematics, dynamics, momentum, energy, and electrostatics (including design labs) and reflect on the process.

During the subsequent school year the participants will:

·      meet every two months to discuss their class progress

·      have a listserv to share their ideas, questions, etc.


Who:  The workshop will be led by Rutgers faculty E. Etkina and S. Brahmia and NJ high school ad middle school teachers who participate in the development of the PUM modules and use them in their instruction (D. Bugge, c. D'Amato, J. Flakker, J. Finley, L. Laguanzad, R. Newman, J. Santonacita, R. Therkorn and many others.

When and Where:   The workshop will run from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday July 5th  through Saturday July 9th  at the Graduate School of Education.

Cost: $300. Lunch included. Please make checks payable to Rutgers University upon arrival to the first day of the workshop.

Registration: Please complete the form below to register for the workshop. The workshop is limited to 24 participants, first come first serve basis.

Your administration is welcome to visit any time but the best time is the morning of the first day of the workshop
Application Deadline: 06/01/2011
after we have 24 applicants the registration will be closed
Application Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $300
Other Prerequisites: Teaching physics/physical science in MS or HS or preparing HS or MS physics/physical science teachers

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Eugenia Etkina