Category Archives: syllabus creation

flip squared check in

This semester I’m trying to flip my flipped approach. Here’s a quick description. Today was the best day so far doing it this way. It was the fourth day of class, and the others had been ok but not great, … Continue reading

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Mind map standard

As I get my optics class together (it starts next week), I’ve been thinking about whether I should continue my old practice of developing a mind map of the course on a daily basis. Last time I taught the course, … Continue reading

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Flip the flip for optics

Ah January. The time when I start to plan my spring courses and use this space to brainstorm. I probably won’t have as many posts as last year, but I do like using this blog instead of scratch sheets of … Continue reading

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Help me get more women in my engineering course

For two years now, I’ve offered what Hamline calls a First Year Seminar entitled “Hamline Engineering.” It’s been a fun class, featuring: daily challenges guest speakers (including a woman who works for the Army corps of engineers) catapults designing a … Continue reading

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Synchronous classical mechanics brainstorming

In the summer of 2014 I plan to offer an online course called “PHYS 5930 Theoretical Mechanics.” It’s an online version of the course we require our majors to take, though I’m not sure how many Hamline students will sign … Continue reading

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Sound and Music oral exams

The most authentic assessment technique I’ve ever used is oral exams. By authentic, I mean that I can really get to know what my students know. I can dig through their misuse of vocabulary and their bluster to find out … Continue reading

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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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No official lab

I want to ask your help to brainstorm this concept: Could I teach a non-science-major course that meets the natural science general education requirement at my school without offering an official lab time? Context: currently the easiest way to apply … Continue reading

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One word story

My kids like to play an old campfire game I learned as a kid. You collectively tell a story but you only get one word each. Here’s an impromptu example with my boys: Once a little girl skipped along quietly … 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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