I spent Wednesday through Friday with the 10th graders on a trip to Massachusetts. The trip is mainly focused on their work in history classes in 9th and 10th grades, but there are definitely some opportunities for other things to happen, so I will have to do some thinking about how future years could get a little science in there (and how 9th and 10th … Continue reading Days 25-27: 10th Grade Trip
Teaching this Great Experiments in Science class is stretching me in lots of different ways. I am working with material outside of my most comfortable content area. I am gathering materials and doing experiments that I haven’t done before (sometimes even physics ones). I am figuring out how to teach a really interdisciplinary class, and the humanities side of it (especially doing readings and structuring discussions about readings) … Continue reading Day 18: Learning through conversation
Today was the final day of the pre-classes school days. The 10th grade split up and went to three different community service sites. My group went to a park in the Bronx where we were supposed to be painting benches. The rain yesterday meant that we couldn’t do that plan today, so we ended up raking and picking up trash in a picnic area of … Continue reading Day 6: 10th Grade Community Service
The 10th graders spent almost the entire day working on their self portraits today. There was a lot of variety and range, and it was neat to see them do this work. Here are a couple of early-in-the-day photos. The second one shows a lot of kids doing collage (most students didn’t do this, but this photo makes it look like everyone did). Even within … Continue reading Day 5: Arts Immersion Conclusion
Today was the “first day of school” but also not the first day of school (because classes don’t start until Tuesday next week). For these first three days, each grade has its own project/immersive activity. The best part is that we are basically spending the entire time with our advisories, and that is the best part because I have the best advisory (I might be biased, … Continue reading Day 4: The students are back!
So this has been bothering me for a while: Science Teachers: what are your strongest arguments *for* why teaching to promote social justice is part of your job? What about *against*? — Moses (@RiPhysKin) August 18, 2015 Now let’s fast forward. Today we had our opening faculty meeting. It was a “retreat” in Prospect Park with a guest facilitator from the Progressive Education Network and … Continue reading Day 1: Opening Faculty Meeting and Teaching Social Justice in Physics Class
Here are some updates from the past week or so in my classes. Ranking task whiteboard in physics 10. This is my most experienced 10th grade group—finding the answers you need since 1934. In the physics part of the board—we had a good discussion about what the negative sign meant in the electric force. These students haven’t studied mechanics, so they don’t have a lot … Continue reading Finding the answers you need