Category Archives: syllabus creation

Lifelong computational skills

I’m frantically putting together my syllabus for our brand new Computational Data Science intro course (this comes after a programming course) and I realized that I’m not using one of my favorite syllabus planning tools: this blog! This course was … Continue reading

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Non-majors teaching tools

This January I’m teaching a 4-wk intensive course called “Hamline Mythbusters”. On the first day of class I verified my assumption: this would be the last science class ever taken by nearly the whole class. They’re almost entirely seniors (the … Continue reading

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Physics majors practice presentations

For years we’ve been working to give our physics majors opportunities to improve their presentation skills. We do a lot of oral exams but we also want our students to do well in more formal settings. We have a junior/senior seminar … Continue reading

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Wasted 10 minute quiz

These days I do a daily quiz for my students. It’s a problem randomly selected from the three problems assigned last time (unless it’s a review day, then it’s randomly selected from the previous 2 days). These are typically deep, … Continue reading

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F is for midterm

We’re a little past midterm and I wanted to give an update on my optics course where I’m trying and SBG portfolio approach. A quick refresher: Every day is a different standard “I can explain what plane waves are” Each … Continue reading

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Portfolio SBG

My last post talked about a way to have daily quizzes in my Standards-Based Grading (SBG) optics course. It (and the comments) got me thinking about how to do it even better and I think I’m closing in on a … Continue reading

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Daily quiz help

I’m preparing my syllabus for my upcoming Physical Optics course and I’d love some feedback on a policy I’m polishing regarding daily quizzes. Here’s a post from last summer laying out what I did in a recent class (general physics … Continue reading

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4-sided die quizzes

I’ve been teaching my calc-based general physics II course for a couple weeks now and I thought I’d get some thoughts down on how my assessment strategy is working. Quick description: Assign four problems per class day and use a … Continue reading

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Don’t address the whole class

I was part of a great twitter conversation tonight that really got me thinking. This tweet was the first that caught my eye I finished class 1.5 hours EARLY from a 3 hour class when I took the challenge to … Continue reading

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Set standards ahead of time

For several courses now I’ve been letting the students weigh in on what the standard for each day should be at the end of the class period. Here’s my post about it. Usually this entails a debate among “I can … Continue reading

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