Teaching Tips

Getting Students Prepped for Whiteboarding

Excerpts from an article written by Casey Zahner, Tom Struckmann, Amy Campbell, Christie Ortiz and Jackie Neeley, all 9th grade Physics First teachers in Missouri high schools. Whiteboarding may not be intutive for students. It is useful to address potential problems at the beginning of the year and repeat classroom expectations as the year progresses. Problems include: Partners do not equally […]
By : admin | Dec 17, 2018

What works and what doesn’t for Whiteboarding

As your students start whiteboarding during class, it is worthwhile establishing some rules, and providing guidelines to help them develop whiteboarding skills. Erekson suggests the following Dos and Don’ts: Do Don’t Include names of team members Include lengthy data tables Place a title on the whiteboard Include extreme detail (e.g., into graphs) Sketch the findings (e.g. graph of experimental results) […]
By : admin | Dec 10, 2018

Why use whiteboards in a classroom?

Whiteboards, or small dry erase boards, allow students to work collaboratively in small groups, and present their thinking in a visual way as part of the learning process. Using whiteboards, students working in groups can “report out” to the entire class. More than one student can contribute to the group’s whiteboard, so students can easily […]
By : admin | Dec 3, 2018

Leveraging brief moments to collaborate

Christy Dablemont, a physics first teacher in the Hermitage R-4 district in Missouri found ways to use brief moments to collaborate with math teachers in her school. Here is an excerpt from her article in the December 2013 issue of the A TIME for Physics First Newsletter. The greatest challenge I have faced in collaborating […]
By : admin | Nov 24, 2018

Physics and Math go hand in hand

Although freshman physics focuses on concepts, it reinforces math content taught in 9th grade math classes. Thus student success in Freshman Physics or Physical Science requires coordination between science and mathematics teachers. However, the disciplines of math and science are often considered to be quite different in nature. Science is viewed as complex and “messy” […]
By : admin | Nov 17, 2018

Observations from two different Physics First Classrooms

As Art Hobson says in the November 2005 edition of The Physics Teacher, “Physics First will succeed or fail depending on the way it is implemented. If all it does is offer a math-based first course focusing on classical physics, similar to many first physics courses now offered in the 11th or 12th grade, it […]
By : admin | Nov 12, 2018

Transitioning to inquiry- and modeling-based conceptual physics

If your school is thinking about implementing inquiry- and modeling-based pedagogy for physics, Dale Van Deven, Principal, Southern Boone High School in Missouri, has some words of advice beyond providing professional development for teachers and obtaining appropriate equipment and curricula. Here is a summary from a longer article that he wrote as their school implemented […]
By : admin | Nov 5, 2018
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