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Periscope is a set of lessons centered on video episodes from best-practices physics classrooms. By watching and discussing authentic teaching events, instructors enrich their experience with noticing and interpreting student behavior and practice applying lessons learned about teaching to actual teaching situations. Periscope’s primary aim is to help instructors see authentic teaching events the way an expert educator does — to develop their “professional vision.” This development of professional vision is particularly critical for educators in transformed physics courses, who are expected to respond to students’ ideas and interactions as they unfold moment to moment. Periscope lessons train instructors to listen to and watch students in their own classrooms by having them practice on video episodes of students in other classrooms, watching them multiple times with other participants who have diverse perspectives on the classroom events.The goals of Periscope are to support learning assistants (LAs), teaching assistants (TAs), and faculty in:
Periscope is free to qualified educators at physport.org/periscope.