Day 1: No teaching for me


For the first time ever in my career, the first day of school for me didn’t involve me teaching any classes, and this is going to be a pattern every Tuesday that I’m going to have to learn to make productive use of. Today, I made great use of this gift of time by sitting in on two of Kelly O’Shea’s physics classes, Physics! and Honors Physics.

Kelly really is a master teacher and she’s gifted at the art of pacing. She managed to take a honors physics course from ground zero to the big insights of the meaning of slope and vertical intercept on a position vs time graph in just under 90 minutes, while nudging the students to do all of the heavy lifting themselves. I have a lot to learn from her.

It was also a great chance for me to play with the iPad App Notability. I think I’ve downloaded and tried just about every iPad note taking app there is, and I’ve settled on Notability as the best. It combines all features I love—a nice handwriting/inking engine, a magnified view that lets you write in larger print in a window the bottom that gets shrunk down, all sorts of syncing, and the ability to record audio as you write. The only thing I haven’t been able to figure out how to do yet it embed the audio files into the PDFs themselves. But for $0.99—it can’t be beat!


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One Response to Day 1: No teaching for me

  1. I have settled on notablility too. I am putting my seating charts on it, and making a new seating chart for every day. Then adding notes in for each class. At the end of the year I should have a visual record of who was in class, what I checked for, and highlights. Now if only my seating charts would become stable…

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