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Re: Powerful Ideas in Physical Science

Mr. O'Donnell:

An interesting project for your group is to explore what misconceptions
they have about science and how to correct them. A good resource is:

Good luck,


Wed, 20 Jun 2001, Jack Uretsky wrote:

Hi Tim-
I suggest that you reread the introduction and first chapter of
Arons' book "A Guide to Introductory Physics Teaching" to remind you of
the words and concepts that the teachers will not understand. Almost
whatever you do, you will be talking over their heads unless you run the
class like a workbook so that they will be constantly regurgitating your
The good news is that the more you make them write, the more they
will have to take with them when they leave. They will probably like
Elementary teachers, like students, are very good at looking
receptive and nodding their heads understandingly.

On Wed, 20 Jun 2001, Tim O'Donnell wrote:

I am scheduled to teach an introductory class of physics
to prospective elementary school teachers and am
considering using Powerful Ideas in Physical Science. The
class will be 20 evenings from 7:15 to 10:00. Any
suggestions on what sections to teach and what order to
teach them. Thanks.

Tim O'Donnell
Instructor of Physics and Chemistry
Celina High School
715 East Wayne Street
Celina, Ohio 45822
(419) 586-8300 Ext 1200 or 1201

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<The 5-MINUTE ILIAD and Other Classics>

Wilson J. Gonzalez-Espada
Science Education Department
University of Georgia