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Episode 29 – Dr. James Vesenka – “Modeling with a University Professor”

Mark talks with Jamie Vesenka, “Dr. V.” to his students about modeling instruction at the university level, developing a physics course for students who intend to pursue life science careers, challenges of pandemic learning, and a sensor tool that has been incredibly useful for physics instruction even while studying remotely, iOLab. Finally, they talk about…

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Episode 27 – John Baunach – Computational Modeling and More

This month, Mark talks with John Baunach, a modeler and teacher of ninth-grade physics. He talks about his career journey as well as the ways that modeling changed his teaching. They talk about computational modeling in physics first using code to help students understand mechanics. They also talk about the flow of courses at John’s…

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Episode 26 – Jeremy Secaur – The Students Voice, Intellectual Risk, and A Healthy Support System

In this episode, Mark talks with Jeremy Secaur, a modeling instructor and physics teacher from the Cleveland, Ohio area. They talk about his introduction to modeling, bringing modeling workshops to the Cleveland area, whiteboarding, and Socratic questioning methods. Jeremy talks about being aware of societal norms about “who does science,” and how we need to…

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Episode 25 – Andrea Williams – Modeling Middle School in Michigan

In this episode, Mark talks with Andrea Williams, a middle school teacher in Michigan. She teaches modeling science at the middle school level, and talks about how this is different than teaching physics or chemistry. Or even biology. Next year, she will be doing this with mixed-grade middle school classrooms, so after talking about modeling…

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