Teaching Tips

Many ways to get it wrong

What could possibly go wrong in calculating the slope of a graph? Check out how four students calculated slopes, and figure out whether they were right or wrong. The movie is posted on the Exploring Physics YouTube channel, and is one of a large number of tutorial movies included in the Exploring Physics Curriculum app. […]
By : admin | Jan 21, 2019

Calculating the slope when you have linear data

Many experiments include the phrase “calculate the slope.” What could possibly go wrong between drawing a graph and calculating the requisite slope? This movie describes a simple method for calculating slope, and discusses where students might make mistakes. The movie is posted on the Exploring Physics YouTube channel, and is one of a large number of tutorial movies […]
By : admin | Jan 20, 2019

Experimental Design

Do your students struggle with the process of Experimental Design? Do they interchange IVs and DVs, or are unsure of how to set up a data table? Here is a tutorial movie that explains the steps necessary to design and conduct an experiment. The movie is posted on the Exploring Physics YouTube channel, and is one of a […]
By : admin | Jan 20, 2019

Best Fit Curves

Do your students think that a straight line should fit all graphs? Ever seen a straight line drawn through position vs. time graphs for accelerating objects? Here is a tutorial movie that helps students decide whether  a line or a curve fits the graph, and provides rules of thumb for drawing that best-fit curve. The movie is posted […]
By : admin | Jan 20, 2019

Drawing Line Graphs and Best-Fit Lines

Ever shake your head at line graphs drawn by students? Or best-fit lines that don’t really fit? Here is a tutorial movie that explains how to plot data for a line graph, and draw a pretty good best-fit line using a ruler. The movie is posted on the Exploring Physics YouTube channel, and is one of a large number […]
By : admin | Jan 19, 2019

Welcome to our Exploring Physics YouTube channel

Ever had students wonder whether to draw bar graphs or line graphs? Or have them think you just pick your favorite? Cringe no more, here is a tutorial movie that explains how to draw a bar graph, and when to present data as a bar graph rather than a line graph. The movie is posted on […]
By : admin | Jan 18, 2019

Whiteboarding Tip 4: The Report Back Method

The Report Back method can work as an alternative to the presentation method for post-lab discussions where several questions help students analyze data, view their results in more than one way, and develop the model of the concept they investigated. While you could assign one or two questions to each group and have them present […]
By : admin | Jan 17, 2019

Whiteboarding Tip 3: The Presentation Method

Groups of students stand in front of the class and present the information on their whiteboards. The whiteboards are displayed such that everybody can see the content; students present and explain their thinking and the drawings, graphs, data tables and any other info on their whiteboards. Students in the classroom, as well as the teacher, […]
By : admin | Jan 10, 2019

Whiteboarding Tip 2: The Circle Method

In this method, students display their whiteboards in a circle. If the configuration of your class allows it, all groups hold their whiteboards up at their tables so all students can see all whiteboards as they look around the classroom. The circle method works well if your students are predicting something that can be drawn […]
By : admin | Jan 2, 2019

Whiteboarding Tip 1: The Museum or Gallery Walk Method

In a museum or gallery walk, student groups line up their whiteboards, propping them against the wall or on a chair. All students walk past each whiteboard and discuss what they see. This gives all students a chance to view and discuss everyone’s work. The groups then come together as a class and discuss their […]
By : admin | Dec 20, 2018
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