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Who am I and why am I here? Michael Fuchs Physics Teacher at Boulder High Former Aerospace Engineer I’m here to talk about my high school teaching experience.

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1 Who am I and why am I here? Michael Fuchs Physics Teacher at Boulder High Former Aerospace Engineer I’m here to talk about my high school teaching experience

2 Presentation Pre-test How many of you are interested in becoming a high school physics teacher?

3 One Teacher’s Story (How many students must a man disarm before they call him a teacher?)

4 How I got into teaching I used to be like some of you Worked aerospace after sophomore year Eclipses, neighbors, and eggs I never wanted to be an engineer anyway

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6 Structure of Science Department 13 teachers Physical Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Botany, Anatomy, Environmental Science Department head – no release time $9000 per year to cover supplies, photocopying, equipment, etc.

7 Physics Courses Regular – 187 students – 6 sections Honors – 46 students – 2 sections AP B - 12 students - AP C – 12 students – 1 section Total – 257 students – 9 sections Junior Class – about 450 students

8 TEXTS Regular Honors, AP B AP C

9 Three Physics Teachers Two teach two sections each I have all physics

10 Structure Full load is 5 classes Classes meet 5 days/week Day is from 7:30 to 3:00 Seven periods/day, 55 minutes each Few teachers have a room to call their own

11 Less than good side Meetings Grading Lab setup Switching rooms Long hours The occasional jerky student The occasional jerky parent

12 Good side Get to talk about what I love Students are fun Sometimes they give you stuff Nobody tells me what to do Time “off” The money isn’t all that bad

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14 Can Always Do More F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition 2003

15 2004

16 2005

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18 2006

19 Teacher in Residence Sit in on reformed classes Work with learning assistants Rework labs Hallway exhibits Mentor teachers

20 Non-typical but interesting stories Same sex kiss-a-thon Political sit-in Visit by Secret Service

21 What does the future hold? Fourteen years later, still work to be done

22 Presentation Post-test How many of you are interested in becoming a high school physics teacher?


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