Category Archives: Teaching Physics

A description of tools and techniques I’ve used in teaching. Meant primarily for teachers

Programming Games with Python

I’ll be giving a talk at the Science Olympiad Nationals being held here at UW-Stout on gaming physics engines. I thought I’d put up a few resources related to my talk and add some resources on how to get started … Continue reading

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List of SBG Resources

There are quite a few other bloggers that I relied on to get started with learning objectives based grading. Here is a good collection of the links I’ve found invaluable in getting started. Blogs on SBG Shawn Cornally at ThinkThankThunk … Continue reading

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Special Relativity for K12 Students

I put the attached activity together for a group of K12 instructors. I would expect that a high school physics student should be able to complete the entire packet and lower grades can work through parts of the activity. Feel … Continue reading

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Intro to Electromagnetism – Next Gen Science Standards Workshop

Last summer a group of faculty at UW-Stout hosted a group of high school instructors from the area to work on activities related to the Next Generation Science Standards. I’ve attached the activity I developed for the workshop. Feel free … Continue reading

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LOBA and Standards Based Grading

I should probably clarify the distinction between Learning Objectives Based Assessment (LOBA) and Standards Based Grading (SBG). LOBA is a particular implementation of SBG. I want to be clear that LOBA isn’t some brand new grading paradigm that I created … Continue reading

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Light Doesn’t Stop – “Stopped Light and Image Storage by Electromagnetically Induced Transparency up to the Regime of One Minute”

I still remember the group meeting in grad school when someone brought up a news article stating that a researcher had slowed light down to the speed of a bicycle. We got a good laugh at the inaccuracies and clear … Continue reading

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LOBA Gradebooks

I was looking back at my previous posts and noticed I hadn’t talked explicitly about how I keep track of grades for assessments, only about how I use Python and Excel to make my life easier.  I used to include … Continue reading

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