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Distance Patterns Physics, Unit 1: Patterns & Inquiry

Workshop Details

Date(s): September 17, 2020
Time: 8:00AM-4:30PM
Place: Distance workshop – Zoom link will be emailed prior to the workshop
Presenter: Bradford Hill, Physics and CTE Engineering Teacher at Mountainside High School, Beaverton SD, Oregon
Audience: High school physical science and physics science teachers, and science/math/STEM teachers
Capacity: 25 participants
Fees: Free for Lane County high school science teachers, $75 for non-Lane County teachers
Description: This course focuses on a distance teaching approach to three-dimensional (3D) learning through intertwining the disciplinary core ideas of physics with the science practices and crosscutting concepts as described in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers experience the patterns approach of using inquiry experiments as a mode to learn content and then apply what they have learned in engineering design tasks. The mathematical patterns of linear, quadratic, and inverse will be reinforced. Teachers will also learn how to structure their inquiry investigations with multiple designs to foster scientific discourse between students during the analysis of their data. Students will use technology to collect data and analyze data as well as use data mines and simulations when direct observation or collection of data is not possible.
  • Experience and learn about the new Distance Patterns Physics curriculum, with a focus on the Patterns Approach to Inquiry and Unit 1: Finding Patterns in Nature to Make Predictions.
  • Learn new technology and strategies for distance science teaching and learning.
  • Participate in an ongoing professional learning community (PLC) of regional physical science and physics teachers making the curricular and instructional shifts called for in the NGSS in a distance environment.
Lunch: No lunch will be provided.
Prerequisites: None
Notes: Synchronous Zoom Sessions will be held from 8:00-9:30, 10:00-11:30 and 3:00-4:30. A Q & A session will be held from 9:30-10:00.

Teachers will learn about strategies and supports for teaching Patterns Physics at a distance. Portland Metro STEM Hub has published teacher-developed distance teaching and learning resources on their website. Please contact Heidi Rebar at with questions.

Teachers are welcome for all or part of the workshop, depending on their needs. Teachers can also attend this workshop if they attended previous workshops. Teachers can also just attend the Q & A session to ask any Patterns Physics related questions. We will send out a form to registrants to ask your questions in advance.

All participants will be provided a certificate for PDUs based on the training hours.
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