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Abstract Title: Building a Professional Learning Community of Physics Teachers
Abstract: This poster will describe how a group of physics teachers built a professional learning community without ever knowing about this theoretical construct. The community was born to address the needs of seven pre-service physics teachers while supporting each other during student teaching in the Fall of 2003. Since then it has transformed into a living organism, that nurtures new members (now more than 40 in-service teachers), cares for the needs of everyone, provides timely advice for every-day problems, communicates passion to teaching, and provides natural professional development for all of its members. The discussion will focus on the elements of a professional learning community that are absolutely necessary to maintain it, specific features of a physics teachers learning community, and the role of faculty responsible for teacher preparation in helping sustain such a community.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Broadening Our Lens: Socio-Cultural Perspectives in PER (Part II: communities & social interaction)

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eugenia Etkina
Rutgers University