Monthly Archives: August 2013

Day T-4: Happy Hour

A colleague and I have started a new tradition at school—happy hour on Fridays. We had a great turnout for our first event—11 faculty. Now we’re just trying to come up with different locations and activities to do in order … Continue reading

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Day T-5: I’m still amazed by Twitter

I can still remember when I was a 2nd year teacher and a colleague told me about Understanding by Design, Backward Planning and Grant Wiggins. Since then, Grant has grown into one of my educational heroes, and I’m just blown … Continue reading

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Day T-6: Bridging activity for understanding energy loss in collisions

My colleague Mark and I are developing a new approach to beginning with energy first, and our second lab of the year is going to be aimed at discovering energy conservation. I’m going to write this up in more detail … Continue reading

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Day T-7: A better refillable marker and eraser

I’ve used the Auspen refillable markers for 4 years now. I even got my previous school’s science department to make a complete switch to them. These pens are good, but they also are pretty finicky. Students have to be careful … Continue reading

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Day T-8: Evangelizing Evernote

Today I offered a 1 hour session on using Evernote, and got a pretty tremendous response and got more than a dozen people to come to learn more about this program. Here are a couple things that I think made … Continue reading

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Day T-9: Ressurecting the air track

My colleague and I are designing an investigation into energy conservation where we want students to find that energy is conserved in elastic collisions. Problem is, we aren’t having much lock finding really elastic collisions—we’re seeing 15% energy loss in … Continue reading

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Day: T-10: Feedback and the running habit

I’ve picked up a new habit of running every day, and I’ve kept it up for 27 days. At the beginning, I could barely jog 15 minutes, and now, I find myself feeling like I’ve still got energy left after … Continue reading

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Day T-11: Meet the artist

This afternoon, a bunch of faculty drove 30 minutes to see the art exhibition of our incredible photography teacher, Joshua Meier. Josh was kind enough to give us a personal showing explaining the thinking and the work that went into … Continue reading

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Day T-12: First Faculty meeting

We had our first faculty meeting today, and this year, I decided to recruit a few colleagues to collaboratively take notes on the meeting. Our product was 30 pages of notes. I think this is an awesome way to keep … Continue reading

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