180: Day 13: How a fire drill should be run

All schools need to run fire drills to comply with local laws, and to practice ‘just in case’ (when I as at Berkeley HS, we did have a ‘case’). Some do it well, others not...

180: Day 11: Unit summaries online

There has been debate in the Modeling Instruction community over how to handle “summaries” at the end of labs/units. We like summaries because they provide our students a place to go to see conclusions that...

180: Day 10! Getting ready for the buggy lab

All  done with the Bouncing Ball lab, getting the hallway ready for the constant velocity buggy lab. Eight signs on the wall so students know where to start, which direction they are going, and if...

180: Day 9: Whiteboard walk

I usually do whiteboards as “meetings,” but hear recently of “whiteboard walks.” These walks are designed to mimic scientific poster sessions, where one student stays with their board, and the others walk to other boards...

180: Day 5: This 180 stuff is HARD…

OK, I didn’t take any photos today, just too busy helping students to remember. Today’s reflection: Don’t worry about spending too much time establishing good lab/classroom practices with your students. If you lead a student-centered...

180: Day 3: Bouncing those balls

Today my students collected data for the bouncy ball lab, then processed it and started on whiteboards. I have them using Desmos to plot their data (my fist time using this with a class), and...