Teacher Workshops

Each year, we develop new lessons that teachers can put to work in their classrooms. Little Shop of Physics lessons make science hands-on, exciting and engaging. Each year we share these lessons with teachers in Colorado, neighboring states, and even other countries.

How Are Workshops Structured?

For each of the topics in this workshop, there is a sequence of activities that follow the “5 Es”: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate.

Each session begins with a series of Engage activity. This is usually a flashy demo or an intriguing question, which is designed to set the framework of the activity.

Next comes one or more Explore activities. These are open-ended hands-on investigations designed to give participants a chance to explore, to get a feeling for the topics to be discussed.

The sessions then continue with a traditional classroom interaction, the Explain portion, with illustrated slides or handouts, which are excellent reference to the material of the course.

The sessions finish with an Extend activity, a chance for participants to use the knowledge and insight they gained. This is a crucial piece of the puzzle, to let folks apply what they just learned.

Finally, we finish with some form of Evaluation, a formal or informal assessment, which could be as simple as discussing what worked well, or as detailed as a written test.

Sample Activities

Please check out our Lesson Plans and Ten Things pages to see some sample activities from workshops.

Recent Workshops

  • April 23, 2016, Infrared Exploration With the Little Shop of Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers Colorado/Wyoming Section Spring Meeting, Greeley, CO
  • November 20, 2015, Using Kinesthetic Activities to Teach Abstract Concepts, Colorado Science Conference, Denver, CO
  • November 5, 2015, Microscopic Models, Macroscopic Consequences and States of Matter, Peak Area Leadership in Science HUB Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 6-8, 2015, The Science of Weather and Climate at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • July 25-29, 2015, Activities for Learning About Climate and Climate Change at the American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting in College Park, MD
  • November 21, 2014, Kinesthetic Activities for Teaching Abstract Concepts at the Colorado Science Conference in Denver, CO
  • November 13, 2014, Sound, Waves and Vibrations and Kinesthetic Activities for Teaching Abstract Concepts at the HUB Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 26-30, 2014, Activities for Learning About Climate and Climate Change at the American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting in Minneapolis, MN
  • July 21-23, 2014, The Science of Weather and Climate at Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, SD
  • July 14-16, 2014, Weather and Climate Across the Globe at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • July 9-11, 2014, The Science of Weather and Climate at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • March 18, 2014, Get Curious! at Tse’ Bit’ Ai’ Middle School in Shiprock, NM
  • March 17, 2014, Get Curious! at Grace B. Wilson Elementary School in Kirtland, NM
  • January 13-15, 2014, Magnetism at the Southern Ute Education Center in Ignacio, CO
  • December 12, 2013, Ten Things You Know About the Atmosphere and Kinesthetic Activities for Teaching Science, National Science Teachers Association Meeting, Denver, CO
  • November 25, 2013, Get Curious! at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, CO
  • November 7, 2013, Under Pressure and A Warm Planet in a Cold Universe, Timeberview Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO