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 54: Victory! Standards-Based Grading in Action

Here’s the snapshot I took of a board that a student worked on for close to an hour while testing on constant velocity. In the process, she worked out how to represent the good ideas she had about motion in a more mathematical form (graphs), and I think she saw that she can be successful by persisting in this class. It was really fun to … Continue reading Day 54: Victory! Standards-Based Grading in Action

Day 5: Hippie grading and first quizzes

“Are we always going to have pop quizzes?” Okay, so actually the first thing we needed to talk about was the schedule that’s been posted on the class conference on our email system. But then we talked about why we shouldn’t panic about a quiz, even when we didn’t realize it was coming. A very brief intro to Standards-Based Grading (more commonly known as “Physics Grading” … Continue reading Day 5: Hippie grading and first quizzes