Monthly Archives: September 2014

Day 20: Scratch vs. Python

I’m borrowing a lot of ideas from Dan Anderson’s Computer Science course, and one of the things I really like about his approach is how he’s introducing students to a number of different languages, and through this, helping students to … Continue reading

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Day 19: Ta-Nehisi Coates Rocks Our World

Today, along with 8 other faculty, I took this bus full of kids to see Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the must read article of the summer: The Case for Reparations. The talk was amazing. Coates even made time to speak … Continue reading

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Day 18: Free Body Diagram Gallery Walk

In the past, BFPM has been a bit of a morass for us—we’ve sometimes spent 4 weeks on all the stuff in this unit. This year, our goal is to clear it in less than 3 weeks, and hopefully closer … Continue reading

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Day 15: A great experiment from Josh Gates

Josh Gates has a great experiment for a Newton’s 2nd law lab using an atwood machine (here’s a related post he wrote about a similar lab with a half atwood). We decided to incorporate this experiment into a group paradigm … Continue reading

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Day 17: Best class ever

I wrote about it a ton on my main blog, but today was a pretty special day in my honors physics class. My students blew me away with their ability to run a physics discussion and think deeply about some … Continue reading

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Day 16: Agreeing on FBDs

This has never happened before, but when working on Matt Greenwolfe’s box pushing activity, students started drawing Free Body Diagrams and then they just got into a spontaneous conversation about the best way to represent forces in the diagram (I … Continue reading

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Day 14: Tuesday -publsihing Teaching Hive

As part of my new very undefined role as Director of Academic Innovation, I’ve decided to try publishing a bi-weekly newsletter on teaching and learning at my school. I use it to highlight things going on in our classrooms, ask … Continue reading

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Day 13: Monday—Working with Scratch

Today we did an assignment in computer science where students were tasked with writing their names using scratch. We first thought about how we might make this process easier by developing a spec for writing letters—each letter would be 50×100 … Continue reading

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Day 12: A good sign

A student came into the lab on a Saturday and put together this video of her CVPM practicum. Anytime a student comes into the lab to work on a Saturday afternoon is a pretty good sign to me:

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Day 11: Differentiating with Robots

This year we’re replacing the old buggy collision CVPM practicum with one that uses robots. Students have to program a robot, with a fixed starting location so that it hits another robot right when it reaches the origin. We are … Continue reading

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