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The First Day of School: Marshmallows and Spaghetti

I have used this as a first-day activity for several years. Students walk in, and sit in groups of three or four assigned for them. The groups are given a large¬†marshmallow, 20 sticks of spaghetti, about a meter of masking … Continue reading

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What should a kid get out of high school science?

Some friends asked me this question recently, and I gave a bad answer.¬†In my bad answer I said something like “They should know some things. Some big ideas.” And I listed a few that came to mind, like conservation of … Continue reading

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Modeling Terminology

In teaching modeling physics, there is some terminology that is used that I have found confusing. For instance, we (modeling teachers and authors of “Teacher’s Notes” in the modeling materials) talk about the paradigms. The paradigm is a real thing … Continue reading

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