Category Archives: sbg

Sound and music update

Well, we’re a month into my “Physics of Sound and Music” class, and I thought I’d put some notes down as to how I think it’s going. I did a lot of planning for this course, using this blog to … Continue reading

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Tell me what to grade

I was grading my first set of quizzes in my Physics of Sound and Music course today, and I realized I could do it better. First some context: This is a standards-based grading course, so that means that each quiz … Continue reading

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Labs for standards

Sorry, I don’t mean having standards (as in standards-based grading) for labs. Rather, I mean having the work done in labs be in support of standards. Here was my great brainstorm of the day that I added to my syllabus-in-progress … Continue reading

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SBG thoughts after AAPT

I was a part of a Standards-Based Grading workshop and an SBG panel at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference recently. My head nearly exploded with some new ideas for my Sound and Music course (see previous thoughts on … Continue reading

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Dealing with cheating

At the APS Distance Learning conference last weekend there was a session on dealing with cheating. We heard from Dave Pritchard from MIT and Gerd Kortemeyer from Michigan State. Both of them have run courses using online homework (the MSU … Continue reading

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Wait! It’s still interesting

A lot of the standards I have in my standards-based grading classes start with “I can do an interesting problem involving . . .” As a class we define “interesting” to mean lots of things, including that it hasn’t been … Continue reading

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Set the standard at the end

Another in my series of cockamamie posts leading up to my spring semester. This one is another about Modern Physics (see my last one that talked about building and using a map for that course). I’m still on my kick … Continue reading

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Seeing the scratch work of students

I had a great conversation with a fellow small-Minnesota-school-physics-professor today that I wanted to store here so I don’t lose it. He was asking about how my students use screencasts to turn in assessments, and he specifically wondered whether he … Continue reading

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student lab screencasts

At the beginning of this past semester of teaching Physical Optics, I used this blog to help me think about some ideas of how to incorporate labs into my standards-based grading scheme (here’s part 2). Now that the semester is over, … Continue reading

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going deep with oral exams

I thought I’d share an interesting coincidence that happened in my standards-based Physical Optics class this past week. It was the last class-day of the semester and I told the students that they could orally assess any standard they’d like. … Continue reading

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