My educational philosophy is that students learn best when they are actively engaged in physics through activities such as reading, discussing, experimenting, and solving problems. My role is to create more experiences in which my students construct their own understanding of physics and how our universe works. I use a mixture of low-tech and high-tech in class — whichever is pedagogically appropriate. I am a proponent of Modeling Instruction, the Matter and Interactions curriculum, and Standards-Based Grading.
I also maintain a website which collects popular YouTube clips for students to analyze and apply physics called Win/Fail Physics.
While I hate the phrase “Action-Reaction” when used to explain Newton’s 3rd Law, I find it a rather suitable title for a blog about reflections on teaching physics.
John Jay High School, 1998 – present
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
Science Awardee for New York, 2011
National Board Certified Teacher
AYA/Science (Physics) 2010
In the media
• TEDxNYED: Learning Science by Doing Science
• USA Today: Sal Khan’s ‘Academy’ sparks a tech revolution in education
• MetroFocus (PBS): Will Khan Academy Conquer New York Classrooms?
• Physics Today: Computer games take their place in the science classroom
• CUNY-TV75: Science and U! Episode 11 (Angry Birds Lesson)
• The New York Times: Online Learning, Personalized
• The Lewisboro Ledger: Cultivator of curiosity named a top teacher
• StateImpact Indiana (NPR): How YouTube Is Changing The Classroom
• Lab Out Loud (NSTA): But Are They Really Learning?
• The Economist: Flipping the Classroom
• USA Today: ‘Flipped’ classrooms take advantage of technology
• MSNBC.com: Future of Technology
• Middletown Transcript: Physics teachers collaborate to better serve students
• Kotaku: Angry Birds, Happy Physicists
My résumé (June 2011)