Transitions

It has been too long since my last blog post.  I didn’t even do any writing reflections during the 2016-2017 school year!  But this school year will be different.  There are some changes this upcoming year.  I am a math teacher by training and experience.  But during the 2017-2018 school year I will not be teaching any math.  I will be teaching 3 periods, where one period is both of my engineering classes and my other two periods will be teaching physics.  No math!

I have been thinking a lot on how I will be teaching physics this year.  I know I will be using the modeling physics material from AMTA.  And I know I will be evaluating the students using a standards-based grading (SBG) system.  I have been using a SBG system in most of my math classes for the last 7-8 years so I have experience with the system.  But I had been having a tough time wrapping my head around how I would use SBG for physics.  Well, it seems that others have this problem also and I found a 3 day workshop in Manhattan, New York that was addressing SBG in STEM classes.  And one of the workshop leaders is a major contributor to AMTA for physics and uses SBG in his classroom.  That seems like a great place to learn, right?  So I went to the workshop last week, learned a lot, and got back home a couple of days ago.

Over the next week or two I want to post reflections from the workshop as I begin to build this system for my class.  This is really exciting for me.  I love implementing student-centered systems and learning with the students.  I am excited about the upcoming school year.

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