AAPT Teacher Professional Development Intern
American Association of Physics Teachers
There is a lot more to being a teacher than many realize. Teachers are always improving their classroom skills, learning new content, and collaborating with other teachers to get new ideas. AAPT provides plenty of opportunities for teachers to engage in these ways, and this summer I had the opportunity to be a part of several activities AAPT is involved with, including a quantum computing workshop, undergraduate discussion panel, and initiative to promote diversity in physics. In this presentation I will give an overview of some of the important and impactful activities in which I participated and how these activities relate to my goals of becoming a physics teacher.
Hi! My name is Alan, and I'm the AAPT intern this summer. I am majoring in phyiscs and minoring in both Astronomy and Math at Purdue University, and I just finished up my junior year. At Purdue I have had the opportunity to tutor, TA, and engage in various fields of research. Most recently I have joined a physics education research group, and I hope to be more involved next year. I am also involved with physics and astronomy outreach, which has included working on programs and materials for both students and teachers. I am currently co-president of my local SPS chapter, and our community has been a very important part of my time as an undergraduate.
I think K-12 education is something that needs more attention, and to this end I am interested in pursuing a career in education or outreach. I am looking forward to learning more about the ways I can be engaged in education through my internship.