In a comment from an earlier post, Matt Wasilawski writes:
Thank you very much for these posts, I am looking forward to using them in physics. I have been teaching Earth Science and AP Environmental Science for the past 10 years. I was assigned to teach Physics this year. I was hoping that you could direct me to more specific modeling suggestions for topics in Physics. I do not have a strong background in Physics but have been working hard to develop my knowledge base.
Here are some of my resource recommendations to help new physics teachers with planning and instruction:
Get yourself a copy of Randy Knight’s Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching. He discusses the best in physics education research, describes several methods for interactive engagement, and goes through a typical physics course unit-by-unit with lesson plan ideas and places where students have misconceptions and stumbling blocks. Every physics teacher should have this book because we all should be incorporating more teaching strategies based on physics education research.
The K-12 Physics standards by Heller and Stewart have lesson plan ideas and activities which are founded on physics education research.
Mark Shober is a modeler who put all his materials on his class website. It’s tied to his class calendar, which makes it great for pacing.
And lastly, there is the Physics Classroom website. While it doesn’t mesh perfectly with modeling, it is much better than the most widely used physics textbook. The website has online readings and animations for you and your students, worksheets with links to the corresponding online readings, problem sets with audio solutions, labs, rubrics, and objectives. There are also Minds-On Physics modules, which are good for formative assessment.
I know there are many more, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind as being most helpful.
To my more experienced readers: Leave your favorite resources for new physics teachers in the comments!