David Peters

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By David Peters
Initial Notes to Teachers - Helpful notes related to the entire unit. Constant Velocity Problems - Handout with complete solutions and discussion notes for the answers. These 10 problems show how the answers to simple calculations can reveal
Subjects:
Physics
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Homework
$15.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By David Peters
This presentation uses a quote from Einstein and illustrations from optical illusions, discrepant events, and Escher drawings to show what the essence of science is. Includes one video showing how to pull your finger off and another commercially
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, Physics
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
FREE
2 ratings
3.5
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By David Peters
This handout has students decide whether circular motion is a form of acceleration. It starts out with a make-believe dialog between the teacher and the student. Then students do a brief activity with a length of string and a paperclip which
Subjects:
Physics
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
FREE
1 rating
3.0
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By David Peters
This handout takes students step-by-step through the calculations required to predict the path of a projectile launched from a cliff at some angle. The calculation instructions assume students are using a TI Graphing Calculator.
Subjects:
Physics
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Computation
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2 ratings
4.0
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By David Peters
In my opinion giving verbal instructions for graphing calculators is asking for trouble. Oh sure, we all have to do it sometimes. But particularly when the complexity of the process increases it is worth it to have written instructions and/or
Subjects:
Chemistry, Physics, Algebra 2
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Computation
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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By David Peters
This set of Excel spreadsheets includes several versions of the Periodic Table (standard, blank, ionization energies, electronegativities, different sizes, etc.) which can be cut and pasted into your documents and PowerPoint presentations. Very
Subjects:
Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Excel Spreadsheets
FREE
5 ratings
4.0
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By David Peters
This PowerPoint presentation uses the animation features of PowerPoint to selectively reveal the steps in mass-mass, mass-volume, volume-volume, and limiting reactant problems. The concepts involved in these problems are illustrated and an example
Subjects:
Chemistry
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
FREE
2 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught high school for 34 years and created 95% of the materials my students used in class. I have also worked in an industrial lab doing life cycle and structural texting on office furniture, components, and raw materials.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to think I provide a guided discovery approach for my students with materials that teach concepts more than they tell facts and which require student effort before teacher input. Early on I became disappointed with textbooks and began writing my own materials. At first I supplemented the textbooks but eventually I wrote materials that essentially replaced the textbook. I create materials that attempt to teach the same way I would if I were presenting the material face-to-face. My students have even said that they can hear me talking when they read my materials. I will provide you with original files of my materials so you can edit them yourself. If you are anything like me you continually upgrade your handouts based on each year's experience and I want you to have that option. Fine teaching results in profound learning. Fine teaching doesn't teach to the test, it teaches beyond the test. The results of fine teaching exceed the expectations of any list of standards. Fine teaching nurtures independent learners, it engineers success, and it taps into each student's natural desire to learn. Finally, may I be struck by lightning if I begin to spew any educational jargon. Educational jargon has a short shelf-life. During its brief existence it distracts, oversimplifies, and tends to profit those who create it.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Teacher In Industry Participant, Research Associate at Kalamazoo College, Received Mini-Grants

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. Physics, Western Michigan University, M.A. Educational Technology, Grand Valley State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have worked in an industrial lab doing life cycle and structural texting on office furniture, components, and raw materials. I have rigged large powerboats, repaired cars, remodeled two homes, and built my own small wooden sailboat. I enjoy kites and my granddaughters!

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