Karen Topp

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Karen Topp
Senior Lecturer in Physics
Bowdoin

I am a physicist by training, and have become very interested in education through my experience in teaching at Bowdoin. I often teach introductory physics classes where students arrive with diverse backgrounds and preparation, and although I find it an interesting challenge to meet the variety of needs in my classes, I have become very aware of the necessity for better math and science teaching in high schools (and earlier). Although I have no official education credentials (other than auditing an Education 101 class a year ago) I hope to work with our Education department in encouraging some of our physics majors to consider becoming high school physics teachers. My hope, in attending this conference, is to gather ideas about how to effectively recruit and train these students, so that they will enjoy, succeed, and remain teaching in a high school science classroom.