The graduating class of 2019 faces daunting new state graduation requirements. Our juniors must pass every single class they take. They have one more year of arts and science to complete and they must complete two years of world languages. Here’s a link to the Graduation Requirements for the classes of 2017 through 2021.
As a science teacher, I was curious as to why our school went from two sections of physics to three this year. It didn’t dawn on me that the new graduation requirements probably caused the increase. My students are suddenly a much more diverse group. Some are earning dual credit from Central Washington University. Some are in CWU Calculus. Some are in Algebra II and struggling. Some need to pass the class just to graduate from high school. Not graduating is not an option. Period.
This situation is forcing me to really kick my differentiation strategies up a notch. Check out my previous posts on differentiation at Corelaborate. I also must be very clear in my own mind and with my students as to what ALL students must know and be able to do and what CWU students must know and be able to do.
I am going to start making 3-5 minute YouTube videos for my students. All students will be able to access all the videos. (Thank you Selah Schools for brining Jeff Utrecht to our building 10/13/17.) The first set of videos will be on calculating friction. All students need to calculate friction for an object on a level surface.
- Use acceleration to calculate the net force.
- Use the net force and the applied force to calculate the friction.
- Draw the vectors.
The CWU students also need to determine friction for an object on an angle using vectors and using trig.
Eventually, and very soon, all of my students will be creating physics how-to videos for their peers and for the world.
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