Day 4: Reflecting on Exams and Physics Comics

The homework for this week in every class was to find a time to meet with me so they could look over their corrected exams (and after looking them over/chatting about them, get their semester grades). The back of the exam always has a chance to draw a physics comic or write a physics joke. (Bonus fun, though not bonus points of course since there … Continue reading Day 4: Reflecting on Exams and Physics Comics

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