Monday, May 23, 2016

IB Physics Example Videos

It's taken about 2 years but I've finally finished a set of IB Physics Example Videos! (131 of them to be exact!)

The whole process started years before that when I found myself frustrated by how much content there was to discuss/apply/investigate in IB Physics and how little time there was to get it all done. My solution is to take most of the examples that I would normally do in class and record them as example videos for the students to watch before they attempt their homework.

I find that this frees up anywhere from 10-30 minutes per lesson! We have so much time available now that I've restructured my whole lesson plan:

  • First 10-25 minutes - Unstructured time for students to address their individual needs:
    • Get help from peers or teacher on homework questions or unclear topics
    • Read Ahead
    • Investigate Extension
    • Meet to discuss performance, study skills, etc
  • Remainder of the lesson - Lecture, Prac, Investigation, Groupwork, etc on new content
  • After the lesson - students watch example videos and attempt homework. They flag the questions they get stuck on and return to the next lesson to get help

Some topics have more examples than others, but every required HL and SL topic (and the HL/SL Astrophysics Option) has some examples. If you think something major is missing let me know but I don't think I'm going to be returning to this video set for a while. I'm on to my next challenge: starting up an IB Computer Science class!

If you are an IB Physics student or teacher feel free to use these example videos as you see fit.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

IB Physics Extension

One of the things I like to do in my class is allow students some time at the beginning of the lesson to help each other with their homework questions. The challenge, though, is making sure that students who are on top of things and aren't busy helping others can still be productive during that time.

To that end, I've compiled a collection of IB Physics Extension pages. The idea is that for whatever part of the syllabus your students are currently working on, there's some kind of related, self-guided extension that they could explore. It might be:

  • An interesting article on related science
  • A really tough problem
  • A thought-provoking video or application
  • A neat simulation

Just this week I've finally complied enough pages that there should be at least one page for any lesson in the IB Physics course, so no matter what lesson you're on you could always refer a student to the collection of extension topics.

You'll find all the pages here:!742&authkey=!AO1VuIbAaVJkrkc

I find that I get the best uptake on this extension if I spend a minute of class time introducing a page or two before students break out into their work.

The collection is still growing so let me know if you spot something neat you think I should add!