Only the 5th day of school and it's already Homecoming Week! I've never been so thankful for Project Based Learning as I was the past few days. With the varying student involvement and modified schedules, standard instruction was very challenging to do without having students miss out on something important. Most of my physics classes this week consisted of 10-15 minutes of class meeting and 40-45 minutes of Team Time. Even so, there was lots of activity going on in the classroom during our first 5-day week of the school year.
Quest for Formative Assignments
Project Based Learning | Maximize your Fro-Yo
I am very excited to see what my students come up with for their first project of the year, Maximize your Fro-Yo. I spent a lot of time working out how the logistics of the data share were going to work so I was very happy when everything came together exactly like I had envisioned (thank you Google Sheets!)
I also finished up the project rubric this week and taught students how to use it to help them focus their efforts. This project score will have the same weight as a test grade so the grading must truly reflect evidence of understanding. I plan to create a dedicated blog post about this project once all the projects are in and I can have some time to reflect.
Google Forms = Instant Feedback
Homecoming Week at Minnetonka High School
Homecoming week always has a fun energy about it. From dress up days (spreading the joy of bow ties) to events like mini concerts before school, it definitely makes you feel like you're a part of something big. It's crazy to think that Homecoming was just the second week of school this year but in many ways it allows us to get the celebration done a little early so we have more uninterrupted time to dig into our subjects.
Return of the Science Songs
Father, Physics Teacher, Knowles Fellow, Friend, Techie, and Musician