Category Archives: Pedagogy

Thoughts about teaching.

Do I still use SBG? Um…

I recently received an email from a teacher who had tried implementing standards-based grading, and who had read my paper on the subject, and who asked me: A fellow teacher and I just tried implementing SBG in our classes and … Continue reading

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a crazy collision of a teaching idea

I love it when two different ideas collide in my head, even when I’m not entirely sure whether the result is a beautiful synthesis or an ugly wreck. first idea In a conference paper I wrote exploring what we could … Continue reading

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No-Bullshit Teaching

This is a post where I try to put some ideas I’ve been wrestling with for a while into new words, hoping for new insight. What follows may or may not be worth a hoot. Caveat emptor. The more I … Continue reading

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What’s in a model?

I’m trying to incorporate some of the ideas and practices of Modeling Instruction, especially Eric Brewe’s University Modeling Instruction (MI-U), into my teaching this semester. I can’t do full-on MI-U, since (a) I don’t have six hours per week of … Continue reading

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MI-U “models” for physics 2

So after yesterday’s workshop on MI-U (Modeling Instruction, University level), I’m brainstorming possible “models” at the heart of a typical calc-based Physics II course, which I just happen to be teaching this fall. Here’s what comes to mind for models … Continue reading

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