Barb Newitt, Brad Newitt, and Jeff Berndt are the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics Teachers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have led their own students to great success in their classrooms, and now they're offering their physics resources for use in your classroom too! They have recently developed an entire library of video tutorials or "vodcasts" designed to help Physics students with homework in all topics of Physics. The library, which includes over 230 tutorials divided into 27 different topics, is available at www.PhysicsVodcasts.com in addition to the Teachers Pay Teachers web site. Most videos are designed for high school Physics, AP Physics, or College Physics courses, but some will apply to lower levels of Physics as well.
The Sioux Falls Physics Teachers employ a mixture of teaching methods in their classrooms, designed to keep their students engaged and involved in their learning. Since homework can be one of the biggest hurdles to student success in Physics, the Sioux Falls Physics teachers have developed the "Physics Homework Tutorial Vodcast" library to help their students better understand their homework. Each tutorial begins with a Physics problem or problems that would be found in a typical Physics homework assignment. The teachers then examine that problem in detail, complete with background information, equations, diagrams, and hints for successful Physics problem solving. By the end of the tutorial, students not only know the answer to the problem, but understand the topic well enough to apply it to other situations too!
Barb Newitt and Jeff Berndt have both been recipients (in 2007 and 2008, respectively) of the National Siemens Award for outstanding Advanced Placement teaching in Math and Science, which is awarded to 50 teachers nationally each year. In addition, Jeff Berndt has been a reader for the national AP Physics Exam since 2009. Before beginning his career as a high school educator, Brad Newitt was awarded one of the "Professor of the Year" awards at the University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD) in 2008.
Barb Newitt received a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Physics and Math Education from Kansas State University in 1997. She also achieved a Masters of Education in Educational Technology from the University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD) in 2006. Brad Newitt received a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Physics and Math Education from Kansas State University in 1996. He also achieved a Masters of Education in Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota in 1999. Jeff Berndt holds degrees in General Science (Physics emphasis) from the University of Rochester and Secondary Math Education from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD). He also achieved a Masters of Education from the University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, SD) in 2002.
Barb Newitt has taught at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota since 1999. She currently teaches Advanced Placement PhysicsÂ© and Modern Physics (a conceptual course in Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics.) Brad Newitt has taught at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota since 2009. He currently teaches Advanced Placement PhysicsÂ© and Conceptual Physics. Prior to his employment as a high school teacher, Mr. Newitt worked as a collegiate Math Professor and Basketball Coach at the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD. Jeff Berndt has taught at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota since 1998. He currently teaches Advanced Placement PhysicsÂ©, Conceptual Physics, and Modern Physics (a conceptual course in Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics.)