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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 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 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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Day 8: Metacognition lesson 1

This year, I’m very interested in making metacognition a substantial part of the curriculum I’m teaching in physics and computer science. I haven’t found a great way to do this—I have a huge collection of articles in Diigo that I’ve … Continue reading

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Day 6: Sparking discussions with Canvas

Canvas is a pretty amazing LMS. All I did was post one Peter Bohacek’s Direct Measurement Videos to a discussion and the the students took this idea and ran with it.

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Day 5: Introducing whiteboarding

Here’s a video of our first whiteboarding session where I introduce whiteboarding to my class and we go through two pretty simple problems, but along the way, the kids make some important discoveries about how we represent change in position … Continue reading

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Day 4: Specific Heat and Robots

I really wish I could some how store the energy, enthusiasm and excitement that is just so palpable in both me and my students and the beginning of the year. I’m pretty sure a couple of teaspoons would be all … Continue reading

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Day 23: Wheels and friction

In my honors physics class, we’ve been talking a bit about the frictional force, and we came around to the idea that wheels make it much harder for the atoms between the table and wheel to shear, thus it’s very … Continue reading

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