The first assessment of the year happened in my Electric Circuits class. I am adding in “practical objectives” to the list of skills, so the test included building a simple circuit. (This is Unit 1, folks.) I’m sure it seemed trivial to them today, but I was really glad to see them all find it so easy since it wasn’t an obvious task (even when looking … Continue reading Day 4: Circuits Assessment and Whiteboarding Motion Diagrams
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
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!