Day 15: Tortoise and the Hare Graphs

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

Day 9: Distance to Position in 10th Grade Physics or The Second Experiment in Two Days

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

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 1: CVPM paradigm lab

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