Physics 6410: Physics Pedagogy
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This course is designed specifically for secondary school physics teachers. It is intended to meet three goals:
Practical material will be developed in each of the three stages that may be used as resources in future science teaching situations. Many of these assigments will be shared with classmates to maximize the benefit that each of you gain from this course.
Required Course Materials
Contacting the ProfessorStephen T. Thornton
Grading and Grade Determination
Honor PolicyThe honor policy for this course is posted on the class web site. Please review it and contact me if you have any questions. For further information about the Honor System of the University of Virginia, here.
AssignmentsThe course syllabus provides an outline of the assignments and when completed assignments are due. Because of the nature of the course, all assignments must be completed on time. We must deduct points for late assignments. We strongly encourage you to stay ahead of your assignments, because unforeseen problems often occur with technology (and life), and we will not be able to give you extensions.
We do not anticipate giving quizzes or exams for this course. Your grade will be solely determined by how you do on the weekly assignments. Part of the assignment usually includes you making comments on classmates' work. That is why it is essential for your own work to be completed on time.
We would also like to encourage everyone to remember that this is a graduate level course and should not be equated with the type of high school grading system that most of you are familiar with. In other words, we do not start with a 100 or A+ and deduct points for errors. We start with what is expected: a good paper or project that adequately fulfills the course requirements, has good grammar, good spelling and punctuation, and is clear and cogent in its thoughts. We move up or down accordingly. Here is a description of what the various grades for assignments represent:
Additional Important Information
It is vital to have reliable email communication for this course. You are required to have a UVa email account. Click here for Instructions on Obtaining Your UVa Email.
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