My first trimester, with 4 preps (3 totally new, 1 in a new context), got a little busy at the end. So here’s the 180 blog reboot. For the second trimester, I am going to follow each day of my 10th grade trimester-long physics class instead of following each day of school. The class meets 3 times each week. These 10th graders are seeing mechanics … Continue reading Tri 2 Reboot: Days 1-6
Even though Physics 10 didn’t meet today, the journals they turned in recently are worthy of taking today’s post. This class is the only one I am teaching with any students in it who have done this kind of writing before (in their math class last year with me or the other geometry teacher for the half who took that class in 9th grade). Here’s … Continue reading Day 32: Physics 10 Journals
Today the 10th graders turned in their free quiz (not graded, just feedback, take-home). It was our 5th class together, and we are getting close to finishing our Constant Velocity unit. The other day, one of my students had a side conversation with me about the graph from this problem: She said that it reminded her of the tortoise and the hare. We talked about it … Continue reading Day 15: Tortoise and the Hare Graphs
Today was the second day of class for my 10th grade trimester class. I took a page out of Frank’s book and did the buggy lab twice with them. When they came in today, I gave them a quick preview of what we would do: we started with a board meeting about our first experiment, then did the bridging activity about position, then we jumped back … Continue reading Day 9: Distance to Position in 10th Grade Physics or The Second Experiment in Two Days
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!
My regular physics classes wrapped up their qualitative energy transfer model work today, then dove into an experiment to find the relationship between position and time (the start of the constant velocity particle model). In this section, most finished taking data and graphing. We’ll have the board meeting tomorrow and put the model together. Continue reading Day 9: CVPM, Take 2
We hit the ground running in Honors Physics by jumping right into the first model building activity. I was really happy with the way that many groups decided to use their own data collection ideas (instead of sticking strictly to the breadcrumb method that I demonstrated for them). They got past the first-day nerves and did a great job. We had time to make graphs … Continue reading Day 1: CVPM paradigm lab