VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, September 24. Refreshments in Room 231 at 3:05 PM, followed by the colloquiuim in 224 at 3:20 PM.

Homecoming Colloquium

Experiences and Perspectives of a Science Teacher: A Non-traditional Route


Chris Hoffman (Valpo 2001), Dept. of Physics, Western Michigan University

Not everyone knows as an undergraduate that he wants to be a teacher. I never had such a calling and had many reasons not to consider teaching, dyslexia being one of them. However, in graduate school, while supporting myself as a teaching assistant, I discovered that I loved teaching. Teaching students with diverse abilities (gifted and Asperger’s syndrome) and at diverse levels (high school to college), and studying in traditional and developing fields of physics (Solid State Physics and Physics Education Research) has given me a perspective which is different from that of people who follow the more traditional path to a teaching career. I will discuss my route through teaching and explain how my abilities and experiences have helped me grow and develop my philosophy of education.