Practicum in Teaching Physics
Course designed to develop and enhance teaching skills of graduate students, with specific reference to the basic undergraduate courses in physics. Presentations by the students form the core of the course. Sessions are videotaped. Emphasis is on clarity of presentation and organization of recitation and laboratory materials. Topics include preparations for problem-solving sessions, encouragement of class participation and responses, and techniques for gauging student involvement. Specific content issues arising in elementary mechanics and electromagnetism are addressed. Use of texts, articles, and specially prepared sample materials.