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.