Today Ben walked into my office with an assumption that students were making. They were working on problem 1c from Practice 1 in this packet, where a concrete block is being pushed with a hand, and there assumption was that the block sped up instantaneously and then moved at a constant velocity while the hand pushed. So Ben and I went back to the classroom and recorded a high speed video of a box being pushed, and the results above are pretty convincing that the box sped up. We want to make a better video with a large, heavy box, but this worked for the time being.
We are working on testing the effect of mass on acceleration for a cart down a ramp, and students are going to write a lab report for this lab. One group came up with the great idea to keep all trials on the same screen, giving great qualitative evidence that the acceleration is not affected by the mass.
Today I was gone, and students were investigating adding mass to carts going down a constant incline. They apparently took it to the extreme.
I got permission from my principal 2 years ago to join a student created FB group with students in my class and it is awesome for community building and quick announcements. If you are not familiar with groups, you don’t have to be ‘friends,’ so we can’t see each other’s normal FB activity, only what is posted directly on the group page.
Today we took a quiz on qualitative motion graphs. After the quiz I gave them some options of what they could work on, one of which included the Universe and More Graphing Challenge. I had given the link to students previously as extra practice for the quiz, but I mentioned at this point that whoever gets to the highest level will get fame, fortune, and 10,000 fake bonus points in my class.
Day 1: Teacher Workshop Week
Here’s to the start of my picture a day project! This blog was inspired by Frank Noschese, who blogged with a photo and short caption on each and every school day last year and called it the Frank Noschese 180. Many others have picked up on this idea, including me. So here’s my first post of approximately 183 (one hopes).
This year I embark on a new journey, as I will no longer be teaching full time. I will be teaching half time (which means 2 sections first semester and 3 second semester), and the other half time I will be helping other teachers enhance their classrooms with technology. What is interesting is that I am the Technology Integration Specialist for four (4!) buildings; the High School, where I teach, two Junior High buildings (both 7-9), and a 6th grade center. Today I present to the high school staff about my job, and my ‘picture’ for today is an embedded copy of my presentation. Please note that my presentation style is to use very minimal text, so you are missing a lot by not hearing my (awesome) voice as well. Enjoy!