AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICS TEACHERS INC

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Technology

Location: One Physics Ellipse College Park MD 20740 USA

Mission: AAPT''s mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.The Association has identified four critical issues that will guide our future activities: Increase AAPT''s outreach to and impact on physics teachers Increase the diversity and numbers of physics teachers and students Improve the pedagogical skills and physics knowledge of teachers at all levels Increase our understanding of physics learning and of ways to improve teaching effectivenessThetwenty-first century will provide the greatest opportunities andchallenges for us as we take an active role in shaping the future. Oursuccess will depend on the commitment, dedication, and continued inputof our members and the physics education community. Join us in thisjourney to enhance the quality and effectiveness of physics educationat all levels.
Programs: The United States Physics Team Program is a physics community initiative organized by AAPT and funded by member societies of the American Institute of Physics and other generous donors.  This program encourages excellence in physics education while rewarding outstanding physic students.  High school students compete each year to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students to enhance their physics knowledge as well as their creativity, leadership, and commitment to a goal.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

From 1987 to 2005, I was a member of AAPT and ISPP. Over those years I attended many meetings of the organizations and was a contributor to the meetings. The organizations increased my personal knowledge of effective methods of teaching physics. I learned how to adapt laboratory experiments and classroom demonstrations to the community college teaching environment. I discovered that no matter how many years of teaching experience you have, you will always learn something new from one of the many colleagues in these organizations. I found that the participants were always generous with their time and experience. I always found the atmosphere of the organizations open and friendly. This was an excellent support system for any physics teacher.

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There was good advice on how to adapt my skills teaching physics in the community college to the high school environment. AAPT and ISPP provided wonderful resources for the Physics Day at Great America. I, also, benefited from the expertise of high school physics teachers who taught advanced placement physics C.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is currently outreach to physics teachers at both the high school and community college levels. I am not aware of any formal outreach to science teachers who teach middle school and junior high. AAPT may be able to integrate programs with NSTA.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

In 1967 I first became a member of this organization. As a professor of physics for over 40 years this organization provides me with current philosophy and cutting edge ideas for the teaching of physics. Both publication of The Physics Teacher journal and National/Regional meetings are rich sources for the teaching of physics.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attendance at the 2011 National AAPT meeting allowed for sharing new ideas in my new book on time and space.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage more government funding for this organization.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It is the best organization on physics and education.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a HS physics teacher and have participated in numerous professional development activities throughout my career. The best PD that I receive is a direct result of my membership in AAPT. The publication "The Physics Teacher" is a wealth of ideas and inspiration and something that I read thoroughly and I look forward to the opportunity to attend professional meetings sponsored by AAPT and the information that I learn at them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Numerous ways

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Publish "The Physics Teacher" 12 times/year.

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I cannot imagine my professional life without being a member of AAPT. I have been a member for over 15 years. The people i have met through conferences have made, and continue to make, permanent markings on my teaching. I love the fact that all educators are viewed as equal and that everyone is able to present at a meeting. I leave every meeting simultaneously inspired and exhausted.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking ideas shred by others at the meetings and applying them successfully to my own classroom and my own research.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it so there is only one national meeting a year.

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After I received the Excellence in Pre-College Teaching Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in 2003, I was asked what advice I would give new teachers. After about ten minutes of thought, I realized that the answer was simple: "Join AAPT!" Why? Because most of what has helped me to improve as a physics teachers has come from AAPT workshops and AAPT meetings. AAPT is a great forum for physics teachers at all levels to interact and improve the teaching of physics. I couldn't imagine being a physics teacher without it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in Physics Teaching Resource Agent workshops and national meetings, also by writing for AAPT journals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no realistic changes that I really want to make.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired high school physics from the Chicago area. AAPT has been a great resource and support organization even before I graduated from college. At the start of my career, as most physics teachers, I was the only physics teacher in my high school. I became a better and more confident teacher because AAPT existed and because of the opportunity to interact with experienced and neophyte physics teachers. The life long professional and social relationships I formed has continued to enrich my professional and personal life.

I am in the process of developing a science interactive center in our small rural town and the resources available from AAPT and its members are invaluable. Having taught physics overseas I can attest to the high quality of physics teaching in the U.S. and know much of that quality is because of the existence of AAPT.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my career as a teacher and member of AAPT and science department chair.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help AAPT increase their efforts to educate our public officials on the need for more comprehensive physics education, especially in preparing and supporting elementary and middle school teachers.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

AAPT has helped me in so many ways. It has given me many experiences, teaching ideas, and physics knowledge that I have used to make myself a better teacher. More importantly, my students have recieved better instruction because of AAPT and how they have shaped my teahing and understanding of physics

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my classroom. I have attended many workshops and lectures that put me on the cutting edge of physics education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer even more curriculum rich resources and instructional methodologies to its members. It is not only what we teach, but how we teach that makes a difference in our students' lives.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a member of AAPT for only 18 years of my 25-year career. And I wonder how different my career would have been if I had found out about it sooner! I am sooo proud to teach physics. I know of no other field where at a meeting of the professional organization, you can attend talks by Nobel Prize winners and other notables in the field, as well as attending workshops on the practical day-to-day problems you have in your classroom. My teaching has evolved over the 18 years because of my attendance of and participation in AAPT meetings. I have made friends, re-established contact with former colleagues, re-connected with a cherished professor.

There are activities of the organization that are not as helpful: I do not find "The Physics Teacher" to be particularly helpful. I find an occasional article or letter that is helpful, but usually do no more that glance through the journal every month.

I also find the "find a job" part of the web site to be very useful, as there are very few jobs listed. If AAPT is going to the trouble of listing job openings, it should actively seek the listings.

And my third complaint, is that it is hard to find the right person to communicate with. Several years ago, I went to China to work with science teachers for a few weeks and wanted to take something with me from the AAPT . I sent similar requests to the NSTA and American Chemical Soc. I received responses from the other groups, but none from the AAPT.

But the meetings are so helpful and inspirational!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my teaching strategies and the subject content that I teach

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve the "Job Opening" section of the web site;

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a proud AAPT member of 30 years. As a Physics educator, AAPT is the guardian for physics education around the globe. I have be active on the National, State, and local level providing and receiving valuable teacher training.

This incredible organization has help to mold me into the educational leader I am today. Physics teachers are special people, they are a true learning community of dedicated professionals.

The AAPT is the backbone which supports all of the various sections of AAPT which in turn service the those teachers who might not have the opportunity to attend a national meeting. I serve as the New jersey Section Representative and wear my title proudly. To truly see all of the contributions of the AAPT one must look at the work being done by the sections as well. You can see a small part of that by visiting the New Jersey section web page at www.njaapt.org.

If I can be of any additional help please just ask!

Joe Spaccavento

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attend numerous national AAPT meetings, and have presented at the meetings as well. I serve on the Section Representative Council and am a state section leader.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to change something it would be something that the AAPT has been trying to accomplish for some time now and that would be to increase membership among high school physics teachers.

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