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At UW-La Crosse, teachers become the students

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Thirty teachers from the La Crosse, Onalaska, and Tomah School District are currently participating in the “A Lot of Science” two-week summer program at UW-La Crosse.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, professors from the UW-L Physics Department offer different ideas to these teachers, ranging from grade school to high school, as well as different approaches on how to become a better instructor in the classroom.

The Professional Development program is in the final days of their collaboration, which Onalaska High School science teacher Rhett Hanson has really enjoyed.

“I really enjoyed finding new concepts to bring to students and new labs. When working collaboratively, you get a lot more ideas than working as an independent,” Hanson said.

UW-L has hosted these sessions for the past three years with funding from the same grant, but the grant runs out this year.

“Having people that are experts in their particular field teaching you, especially if you haven't been back to college in awhile like many of us, you pick up on a lot of little things. You pick up a lot of misconceptions especially that you do have or misconceptions that students have that you didn't really realize before,” Hanson said.

Despite not having any grant money left, UW-L Assistant Professor of Physics Jennifer Docktor said the physics department will likely not receive another grant for next year, but they will continue to seek other funding opportunities.

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