Jim VanderWeide

Physics 1

Jim Vander Weide is a Physics teacher at Hudsonville High School in Hudsonville, MI and has been teaching for over 20 years. He has served as an AP Reader (AP Physics test grader) from 2004-2017, was a Table Leader (in charge of a group of readers) from 2009-2014, and a Question Leader (in charge of several Table Leaders and their teams) from 2015-2017 and for the 2020 online reading. In addition, Jim was a member of the AP Physics C Test Development Committee from 2011-2014. He has participated in reviewing modules for the College Board as well as writing labs for the current lab manual that is available through the College Board. In addition, he has worked with the College Board articulating the AP Physics C curriculum and is a member of the Instructional Design Team for Physics 1, which helped develop the Physics 1 Workbook that was released in 2019. Jim is also involved with NMSI (National Math and Science Initiative) where he runs student study sessions, teacher training sessions, and reviewing materials for the NMSI workshops. He also helped develop a 3-week course for the NYC Summer Enrichment Program through NMSI. Jim was also involved with a research project through the Van Andel Education Institute in Grand Rapids, MI that is focused on getting students to think more like scientists via the avenue of using inquiry learning. Jim earned his Masters in Physics Education in 2002 with an emphasis in Physics Education Research (PER) and since then has been working to improve his inquiry-based teaching style.

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