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  Session: Adapting the Teacher In Residence (TIR) role to Local Contexts
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: TIR at MU: Inspiring Future Teachers Through Physics First
  Meeting: 2015 Summer Meeting: College Park, Maryland
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:00PM
  Author: Kory Kaufman, University of Missouri
573-882-3625, kaufmankl@missouri.edu
  Co-Author(s): Karen King
  Abstract: The University of Missouri’s recruitment program for future physics teachers rests on the foundation of a long-standing successful partnership between the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty and Columbia Public Schools (CPS) physics faculty. For almost a decade, CPS ninth-grade teachers have been using the modeling-based MU Physics First program and most have been through an extensive professional development program. Early on, we recognized that the palpable excitement in Columbia Physics First classrooms had the potential to ignite our undergraduate students’ interest in teaching. To “hook” potential physics education majors, our Teacher in Residence (TIR) places undergraduates in ninth-grade physics classrooms, where they assist the teacher in facilitating collaborative student learning. The TIR coordinates this Learning Assistant (LA) program, which has proven to be the most successful part of our recruiting program, Tomorrow’s Outstanding Physics Teachers (TOP Teachers).
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: 2015 AAPT TIR and LA program FINAL.pptx

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