In my first few years as a teacher, I remember seeing a stack of TPT’s in a hallway. I picked one up, leafed through it, and suddenly felt like I was listening in on a very exciting conversation. There were parts of that conversation that became immediately integrated into my teaching, and parts that opened up new ways of looking at myself that changed the path of my teaching. I have no idea how those journals got there, but I feel incredibly lucky to have found them. I became an AAPT member the very next day, and since then I have never opened an issue of The Physics Teacher without finding something useful or exciting. It truly has had a profound effect on me as an educator.

I believe that physics teaching is, at its core, about helping students to find themselves and discover what they can do. I...

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