Posts filed under ‘Physics Topics’

Build a Better Solar Oven: Investigate Optics!

Teaching optics on a need-to-know basis for the “Build a Better Solar Oven” project.

Continue Reading September 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM Leave a comment

Design Thinking: Design a Better Solar Oven!

Post 1 in a series following the invention, implementation and tweaks of a new PBL project. Follow along, try it yourself, post questions and suggestions!

Continue Reading September 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM Leave a comment

Tweak Trad. Labs to Inquiry Excitement.

How to take a good idea for a lab and write a clear, inquiry-based lab sheet that will engage students, freeing you up to ciruculate and coach.

Continue Reading January 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM Leave a comment

Plastic Trash Issue and Density

Plastic particles float like plankton, making up a huge proportion of the diet of filter feeders – from baleen whales to small fish. The possible impact on marine life is huge. What floats and what sinks matters – this engaging issue is used to add context to a unit on density and buoyancy.

Continue Reading November 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM 3 comments

Sorting Sources from Reliable to Rubbish

Battling the young to think about where information comes from, giving credit and figuring out if it’s credible. They hate it, I hated it, the tedium of looking up references blah, blah, and yet, in the end, a life and death of democracy skill.

Continue Reading November 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM Leave a comment

Newton’s Apple Lab – Better this time.

The scene of basically a disaster the first time I did it, apples being tossed and impaled on pencils, yelling ‘sit down and shut up!’. This time, much, much better. Why? Here’s what worked much better this year, with pics and student sheet.

Continue Reading October 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM Leave a comment

Kids Doing Demos, Running the Races: Switching Places

“Student centered classrooom” What does that really mean? It’s hard to move off the stage and let the kids at it, but so much better to engage them, respect them and frankly, give me a little break from bossing everyone around. Being a little pulled back gives them more space to expand, a powerful good thing I’m learning late in life.

Continue Reading October 1, 2012 at 6:35 AM Leave a comment

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