2013 Fall Meeting – October 11-12, 2013 Kirtland Community College

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Are you interested in physics, physics education, or science literacy? If so, you are invited to the Fall 2013 meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers! Join colleagues from across the state to exchange innovative ideas in the teaching and learning of physics.

Door Prizes!!! 

We have some great door prizes donated by these organizations and vendors: 

PASCO, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Texas Instruments, Cynmar Corporation,
Cengage Publishers, Astronomy Magazine, Flinn Scientific, Kirtland Community College 

Featured speaker: Dr. Joseph Krajcik (Michigan State University)
Joseph Krajcik serves as director of the Institute for Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment, and Teaching Environments for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CREATE for STEM), is a faculty member in science education at the Michigan State University, and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Throughout his career he has focused on improving the teaching and learning of science by designing, developing, implementing and testing innovative environments that match what is known about the how students learn. He has authored and co-authored curriculum materials, books, software and over 100 manuscripts, and makes frequent presentations at international, national and regional conferences. He served as the lead writer of the Physical Science Design Team for K-12 Framework for Science Education and as the lead writer to develop the Next Generation Science Standards. Joe is former high school chemistry and physical science teacher.

Fall 2013 MIAAPT Meeting Keynote address: Saturday, October 12, 1:00 PM

Understanding the Next Generation of Science Standards and their Implications for Teaching Physical Science and Physics

How do the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGGS) differ from previous standards? How will the NGSS impact my teaching of physics and physical science? What are the advantages and challenges associated with the NGSS? In this session, Professor Krajcik will provide responses to each of these questions. He will begin by providing an overview of NGSS and their various features. He will explain how NGGS frames standards in terms of performance expectations by blending together core disciplinary ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. He will discuss the meaning of each of the dimensions – core disciplinary ideas, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts – as well explain the importance of developing student understanding across time. Woven throughout his remarks, he will discuss the opportunities and challenges of using performance expectations to support student learning. Joe will focus his remarks particularly on the performance expectations related to physical science, highlighting how the physical science performance expectations emphasize some different ideas than previous standards. In particular, he will highlight the role of energy, waves and their applications, and electrical interactions. He will close by providing opportunities for questions and responses.

Meeting location: Kirtland Community College, Roscommon, Michigan

Directions to Kirtland can be found at: http://www.kirtland.edu/directions-to-kirtland/directions-to-the-central- campus-near-roscommon A printer-friendly campus map can be found at: http://www.kirtland.edu/campus- map/printer-friendly-campus-map

Information regarding some of the hotels in the area can be found below. If nature cooperates, we should be at the peak of fall color!

In Houghton Lake:
Comfort Suites Lakeside,100 Clearview Drive, HL, 48629 989-422-4000


Comfort Inn, 200 Cloverleaf Lane, HL, 48629 989-422-7829


In Grayling:
Ramada Grayling, 2650 I-75 Business, Grayling, 49738 989-348-7611


In West Branch:
Quality Inn, 2980 Cook Rd., West Branch, 48661 989-345-3503


Stay tuned for the full program announcement for details about parking and lunch on Saturday.

Special Note: There will be an opportunity (weather permitting) to take advantage of the dark skies on Friday (10/11) night and observe the stars! If you have equipment that you would like to use for observing, feel free to bring it along!

Steve Dickie,
Sep 21, 2013, 7:00 AM
Steve Dickie,
Oct 10, 2013, 5:42 AM