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1 Increasing the Potential of Physics and Chemistry Teachers in teachHOUSTON Paige Evans, Ed.D. R. Riley Hatch, Noyce Scholar Geoffrey Hart, Noyce Scholar

2 Introductions Paige Evans Master Teacher Physics Teacher Geoffrey Hart NOYCE Scholar Major: Mathematics Minor: Physics R. Riley Hatch NOYCE Scholar Majors: Chemistry & Biology

3 Agenda Introductions Staggering Statistics teachHOUSTON Statistics Collaboration with physics department Physics/Chemistry Majors in Program STEM Camp Putting it all together: Noyce A portrait of 2 Noyce Scholars

4 Introductions Introduce Yourself Program Role in your program Comment(s) about the status of physics and chemistry teachers in your program or area

5 Physical Science: a continuing problem * National Science Foundation, 2011

6 STEM Education: A National Crisis 67% of teachers teaching physics in grades 8 – 12 and 61% of teachers teaching chemistry in grades 8 – 12 nationwide are uncertified and unqualified (NAS, 2007).

7 STEM Education: A Texas Crisis Percentage of Middle and high school math and science teachers assigned out-of-field in Texas from (Fuller, 2009) Number of Texas High School Teachers Assigned Out-of-Field (Fuller, 2009)

8 A Texas Sized Problem in Houston (Jacobs, 2011; Resendez, 2011; Smith, Grinstead, & Benner, 2011).

9 A Texas Sized Problem in Houston Approximately 75% physics teachers did not receive a major or minor in physics (Brady, 2011; Dodd, 2011; Jacobs, 2011; Resendez, 2011; Smith, Grinstead, & Benner, 2011; Williams-Earlie, 2011). For physics, during the 2011 field testing for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End of Course (EOC) testing, just 3% of students tested would have met a passing standard set at a 70 percent correct response rate (Smith, Grinstead, & Benner, 2011). Teachers with composite certifications typically have a weaker content background in physics compare to other content areas (Jacobs, 2011; Brady, 2011; Resendez, 2011).

10 teachHOUSTON – A Snapshot A New Generation of Math and Science Teachers Started in Spring Graduates (including Spring 13) ◦46 Mathematics ◦25 Biology ◦11 Chemistry ◦ 1 Environmental Science ◦ 0 Physics 88 % are teaching (not including Spring 13) 83% are teaching in the Houston area (not including Spring 13)

11 Early Recruiting Attempts Successful at bringing in all majors except for physics ◦Co-Directors  Dr. Jeff Morgan, Professor and Chair – Math  Dr. Simon Bott, Instructional Professor and Undergraduate Chair – Chemistry ◦Recruiter/Advisor: Ms. Leah Shields

12 Physics – teachHOUSTON Collaboration Collaboration ◦Physics – Physics Faculty, Dr. Donna Stokes, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Academic Advisor ◦Started working together during the Fall 2009 Semester ◦First Physics Major – Spring 2010

13 Physics – teachHOUSTON Collaboration Collaboration ◦Grant Writing ◦Degree Plans (Physics and teachHOUSTON) ◦New Degree Plan (Math/Physics) ◦New Certification (Math/Physics) ◦New Course: Science Inquiry (PHYS 4342)  Will be taught for the first time this summer ◦Physics Minor:  Worked on a version most appropriate for teaching  Included Science Inquiry Course

14 Physics – Current Physics Majors in Program with GPA’s > 2.5 Starting Point Spring 13 1 – Spring 10 5 – Fall 11 2 – Fall 12 2 – Spring 13 2 – Step 1 4 – Step 2 1 – K & L 3 – CI

15 Chemistry Majors in Program 12 Currently in Program with GPA’s >2.5 ◦3 – Step 1 ◦3 – Step 2 ◦2 – K&L ◦3 – CI ◦1 – PBI

16 STEM Camp ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp ◦Opportunities for pre-service teachers to increase their self-efficacy

17 Senior Camp Counselors

18 Let’s Put it Together…. Success - Noyce Grant for Physics and Chemistry – Fall 2012 Graphic here of all components

19 Let’s Put it Together…. Geoff Hart – His journey

20 Let’s Put it Together…. Riley Hatch – his journey

21 Let’s Put it Together…. Other things tied to science inquiry course Composite science degree plans Goes back to the data – less Teachers with composite certifications typically have a weaker content background in physics compare to other content areas (Jacobs, 2011; Brady, 2011; Resendez, 2011).

22 PBI at UH Co-Teach Model Lessons ◦From PBI Unit ◦Inquiry Continuum Field Experience ◦Share Out


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