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Archive for June 2010

The year is rapidly coming to a close.  Finals are over, clean-up has begun.  But as I am one to never leave well enough alone, I have decided to create a summer assignment for the incoming physics students.

So many good things are going on.  I will have three physics classes and only one conceptual class next year.  That alone is enough to bring a tear to my eye.  I want these kids more prepared so I don’t have to spend the first two or three weeks reviewing what they should already know.

So not only am I creating a set of summer assignments, oh no, I’m creating a blog with the summer assignments 0utlined and posted and they have to do review and quiz work at WebAssign.  This a just a ton of work for me since none of it currently exists.  As of today I have the blog and WebAssign structure in place, now I’m going to create the actual lessons and online quiz work.  The beauty of the blog and WebAssign is that I don’t need to have it all finished before school ends.  The work due June 30th is posted, now I’m working on the assignment for July 15.  The students will all have their accounts and password this week before they leave for the summer.

It all looks good right now, but I’m sure there will be glitches along the way.  Who else has done this?  What am I missing?

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What’s New in 2013/2014?

Every year brings a change, this one is no exception.

I will be picking up the sophomore honors Algebra II class to keep them separate from the juniors. This should help accelerate them and put them on a stronger track towards Calculus. Looks like there will be only one section each of Physics and Calculus, but still two of Robotics & Engineering.

Hot topics this year are going to be the Common-Core Standards, Standards-Based Grading (SBG), improving AP Calculus scores, and somehow adding Python, maybe as a club.

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