Dave Bonner


Dave BonnerI teach physics at Hinsdale South High School in a southwest suburb of Chicago. I teach calculus-based AP physics, 11th-grade physics, as well as freshman honors physics. My interest is multimodality in the classroom. I study the various communicative media (or representations, such as written, verbal, diagrammatic, mathematical, pictorial, and artifactual and material) used by both the teacher and students in different classroom contexts. I am hoping to better understand how such experiences shape teaching and learning as a social construct.


I wrote for The Physics Teacher was accepted and published in the November 2009 edition. The article delineates a constructivist lesson where students build functional electrical power strips from scratch using household outlets and switches. The idea of this lesson stemmed from my laboratory experience with Samir Bali, where I simply had to build a power strip for the lab in 2001.


2012 Update

Dave Bonner was selected one of 97 teachers nationwide to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  He traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama and accept his award.  The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding kindergarten to 12th grade science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level.


"Miami's opportunities for research and apprenticeship gave me invaluable experiences that gave me a love for science and shaped my career in high school physics teaching."  David C. Bonner, BS Physics 2002, Master's in Teaching 2003


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