Posts filed under ‘Physics Topics’

Cool School Survey

Noticing patterns in data is a story – the initial ‘set’ is the experimental question. The data has hidden in it the resolution, at least partially. Like a joke with a set, an expected outcome and the sudden switch to something that is incongruous and yet makes sense. Unexpected truth looked at in a different way: why scientists are so fascinated is at least in a way, similar to reading a compelling and complex story that in science, never really ends.

Continue Reading September 30, 2016 at 9:18 AM Leave a comment

Build Day!

How to love project build days with 156 twelve year olds…

Continue Reading September 22, 2016 at 11:44 AM Leave a comment

Ice Cube Challenge: Treat students like scientists for worse data and better learning.

This mini-project within a project showed the benefit of giving kids more freedom to design and do their own experiments.

Continue Reading September 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM Leave a comment

Cool the School Project: Launch Day

Let’s do launch… of the first proper PBL project this school year. Lots of ‘failing forward’ going on as we attempt to get kids to ‘Cool the School’.

Continue Reading August 31, 2016 at 2:36 PM Leave a comment

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

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