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Next week my Engineering Design students are embarking on their end of year individual design projects.  Their goal is to use the Engineering Design process to design something cool.  My goal is to try to keep track of the progress of 90 different projects. Last year I used a (way to complex) spreadsheet for each […]

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Robot Bowling

February 27, 2013 No Comments

Robotics Course

My Engineering class’s final team design challenge of the year is a robotics competition.  I only had the simplest robotics set-up for them to use (2 LEGO WeDo motors attached to the Scratch programming language) so I had to be a little creative to make the challenge interesting.  Here’s the breakdown the kids are getting […]

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For about 5 years I’ve been asking my engineering students to maintain blogs about their learning and their progress on their design projects.  I’ve always tried to differentiate the blog set-up process by letting the kids who are more tech savvy do their thing, while I gave detailed step-by-step instructions to the less techy kids. […]

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I co-led a great workshop on standards-based grading this weekend with PhysicsTeachersNYC.  We spent about and hour describing  three different implementations of standards-based grading in physics and answering lots of questions from about 30 different teachers.  In the second half of the workshop I got small group time with some teachers trying to make standards-based […]

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In my last posts I wrote about the organization of the standards-based assessment system I am going to be using in my Physics class this year.  In this post I’m going to share how I plan to turn 50+ standards-based levels into a report card grade.  (I should thank Kelly O’Shea. Most of the ideas […]

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So someone at EdCampNYC mentioned setting up standards-based grading on the following 4 point scale: Beginning/Basic cannot perform does not show any understanding Developing can perform with errors shows some understanding Proficient can perform in a familiar context shows understanding of a concept in isolation Mastery (Transfer) can perform in an unfamiliar/new/unsupported context shows understanding […]

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“I was a little confused on how this class was helping us in high-school but i think i know the answer now. The information we acquired in this class will help us in other classes. For example, teamwork, setting due dates for ourselves, using technology, etc. This will help us in any situation especially getting […]

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Mission Statement

February 29, 2012 No Comments

As a science, technology, and engineering teacher my goal is for students to learn to inquire, collaborate, and use technology through inquiry, collaboration, and technology. Note the order.  In my first years as a teacher I was intrigued by project-based, inquiry-based, technology-based, and collaborative teaching.  At that time I aimed to teach science content through inquiry, collaboration, and technology.  Over the […]

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