Monthly Archives: September 2013

Day 22: The next step

I often give a lot of feedback on quizzes. Add to that all the objectives of SBG, and any lingering stigma or sting of grades, and I think it can be hard for some students to know what to do … Continue reading

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Day 21: back in the research group

I’ve finally managed to make it to a group meeting of the Georgia Tech Physics Research Group I’ve had a very loose affiliation with, and since my last meeting, we’ve gained many new members, and the team has completed its … Continue reading

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Day 20: A great day for math

Two students I taught algebra II to last year and I have started a Sunday afternoon Math Circle for faculty children. This time, we tackled the Oreo problem, trying to figure out if double stuff Oreos are actually double the … Continue reading

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Day 19: Science Club Breakthrough

At last week’s science club, we had one girl show up. This has happened before, and every time, it saddens me. Lots of girls tell me that they want to come to the meeting, but somehow they don’t end up … Continue reading

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Day 18: A striking demo of thermal energy

I’m working on a longer blog post summarizing a lab we’ve done to expand the idea of energy conservation and to find “energy losses” in thermal energy, but in the meantime, I wanted to show this great demo on Friday … Continue reading

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Day 17: International Dot Day

Today, I got up before the entire school and read the incredible children’s book, the Dot. If you haven’t read the Dot, I urge you to. It’s an incredible piece of children’s literature that tells a great story of the … Continue reading

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Day 16: Racing fan cart vs hoverpuck

We’re introducing balanced forces and playing with the hoverpuck. Students also wanted to see how the motion of the hover puck compared to something experiencing a constant force, so we raced it against the fan cart.

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Day 15: 51 days

Today way my 51st straight day of exercising for 20 minutes or more. I’m amazed by the benefits I’ve seen from doing this—I’ve lost 15 pounds, feel like I have a ton more energy and just feel so much happier. … Continue reading

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Day 14: Malletball is a hit

Mallet Ball was a ton of fun. It turns out all it took was adding a few rules, laying down a course, and making it a game to transform a somewhat dull worksheet into a real adventure. After a few … Continue reading

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Day 13: Formative assessment tool & something big

So I got back into painting for the first time in something like 10 years this weekend when I made this: I’m going to get it laminated and post it next to the door out of my classroom, and then … Continue reading

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