Day 13: Ug-o-meters and a New Energy Experiment in Physics 9

Today’s 9th grade physics class started off with students writing notes on their free quizzes. (Not graded—just feedback.) Then we went back to figuring out how to do some experiments to determine the equations for some flavors of energy. Since they all have iPads, we’re trying to use Video Physics to take data. To crack open the problem, they need to know some quantity of … Continue reading Day 13: Ug-o-meters and a New Energy Experiment in Physics 9

Day 10: First Whiteboarding Session with Physics 9

Today was our third class of Physics 9, and our first day of whiteboarding. They had spent some time working on their first qualitative LOL diagrams, so now they were ready to discuss some of the trickier points together. I let them sign up for problems and we talked about making good mistakes. A few groups checked their mistakes with me, and they were overall … Continue reading Day 10: First Whiteboarding Session with Physics 9

Day 7: First Day of Classes!

YAY! At long last, classes are finally happening! I love these first days. My relativity class got started with a buggy investigation this morning. The groups spread out around the school wherever they could find space since our class doesn’t meet in the physics lab. Really eager, lively group, and I’m excited to get to the really confusing stuff soon. We’re spending the first two … Continue reading Day 7: First Day of Classes!

Day 3: Journal Writing in Physics Class

Last year, I piloted this journal-writing idea with my awesome 9th grade math students. I started re-reading some of the journals to find a good example to put here, and I wished I could put ALL of them here! Reading these journals was kind of like reading goal-less problems at the end of the year in physics—I was just overcome with the awesomeness of what … Continue reading Day 3: Journal Writing in Physics Class

Day 2: Scientific Abilities

The science department is starting a process of reviewing and redesigning our curriculum. As a part of that, we’ve been talking about focusing our classes around scientific abilities. We used the work of Etkina (et al) to select the ones that made the most sense for HS students, and I put together this document to share with the kids (which is basically stolen almost 100% word-for-word from that … Continue reading Day 2: Scientific Abilities