Mr. Peterson,I just came to the realization that the school year is almost here. I remember from somewhere that you guys start on the 29th-ish, but I'm guessing you might want me to start coming in before that. So I've got just a couple questions about that. 1. When should I start coming in?
2. What should I be doing (e.g. professional development) during the week before school starts?
3. What should I be doing now to prep for the semester?Thanks, and enjoy the rest of you summer!
Awesome letter to get from your fall student teacher. After some of the details here is what I wrote. What would you add?
As far as professional development goes take no more than 20 minutes a day (35 minutes if it is after lunch, more minutes either time if you are enjoying it) and read all posts (except
- What do I think I am adding to this piece of music?
- What is my unique contribution to this piece of music?
- Who informed my contribution and how do I compare to that?
- What are my artistic influences?
- How does this recording make me a more confident artist?
I would like the product of everything I teach in physics to have the same questions at the end. What is my contribution? Who informed my contribution? How was I influenced in the making of this contribution? How am I different today than before this project? I need to think when I design a physics lesson or unit, will the students be able to answer these kinds of questions when they are done with the unit.
Energy is interchangeable. So what is the relationship between kilowatt hours on an bill and the Joules we measure in class?
- Does it cost more to bake a potato in your home's microwave or conventional (the one under the stove) oven?
- What time of the day does your family use the most amount of electrical energy? Explain why, using appliances and the wattages to prove your point.
- How much difference in cost is there between playing your favorite video game for two hours or your favorite way to watch a two-hour movie?
- What costs more to operate during the eight hours you sleep, your alarm clock or a night light? How much does each cost?
- How long can you charge your iPod or cellphone for a dollar?
Today in the student presentations I am learning that taking video of every trial in an experiment is both instinctive and essential for today inquiring minds.In the attached example it was actually part of their planned data collection: they measure the height later in logger pro. But several of my students have used video of early trial to improve experimental process and or recover from errors. Great stuff and cellphones and iPods were out in force.