Tools for Teaching

  • Spaghetti Bridge Lab I love starting the year by asking my new class of students to show me what they can do: take data so that you can predict the number of masses ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2017, 10:40 PM by Mark Schober
  • 3D-Print Your Own Lab Clamps Clamps! You can never have too many, and a great table clamp is indispensable when setting up labs in the physics classroom. But table clamps sell for $50-$100 each ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 9:31 PM by Mark Schober
  • Low-Cost Wave Generator Apparatus There's something magical about standing waves, resonance, and the tangibility of the nodes and antinodes. Students love working with the waveforms, and they love the direct connection to the ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 12:49 PM by Mark Schober
  • Soda Can Photoelectric Effect Demo The photoelectric effect was at the heart of not just one Nobel Prize, but two! If you can plunk down $175 for a short wave UV source, (or borrow the ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2016, 8:17 PM by Mark Schober
  • LED Photoelectric Effect Apparatus I first encountered Wayne Garver's low-cost LED photoelectric effect apparatus at a St. Louis Area Physics Teachers workshop in 2005. Since then, I've been involved with building ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2016, 5:35 PM by Mark Schober
  • Slow Acceleration Apparatus So that students develop a real kinesthetic sense of accelerated motion, it is ideal for them to investigate the acceleration of an object that speeds up so gradually that the ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2016, 8:27 PM by Mark Schober
  • Mega Can-Crush I've done the can crush lab with my students for years, but only crushing soda cans. I find this image of a crushed railroad tank car fascinating and I ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2015, 9:55 PM by Mark Schober
  • Upgrading an old website Dear friends, I started this website over 15 years ago as a resource for my students and, as it turns out, for the wider Modeling community.I have had the ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 8:50 PM by Mark Schober
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Thoughts

  • Grading Scales, Rubrics, and Adding it All Up Once you have created your learning objectives and determined assessment questions that address those objectives, you next need to choose how will you rate student performance on those objectives. Finally ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 6:25 PM by Mark Schober
  • Crafting Multipurpose Learning Objectives Well-written learning objectives make expectations clear to students, bring focus to instructional time, encompass the external requirements on your course, and guide the design of assessments. In my teaching ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2018, 8:24 PM by Mark Schober
  • Sharing Your Expertise Presented at the 2017 AAPT summer meeting in Cincinnati upon receiving the Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching. Thank you, Dr.  Bailey, the AAPT awards ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2017, 8:29 PM by Mark Schober
  • An 8-Step Transition from Points-Based Grading to Standards-Based Grading Even if you're sold on standards-based grading, the transition can be daunting. Here is a roadmap for sequentially implementing key aspects of SBG, improving a points-based grading ...
    Posted Jul 9, 2018, 1:51 PM by Mark Schober
  • True Story This year's Chapel theme at Trinity School has centered on truth and truthfulness. Members of various departments explored aspects of truth in their disciplines and personal lives. I joined ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 9:33 PM by Mark Schober
  • STEMteachersNYC 2016 Summer Workshops Here are some of the neat features of the nine workshops offered by STEMteachersNYC this summer that you won't find in the official workshop descriptions (the official stuff is ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2018, 11:24 AM by Mark Schober
  • A Simple-ish System for Standards-Based Grading The best advice for implementing SBG is to keep it simple. A complex system can do more harm than good if it mires you in paperwork and it's too ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 3:34 PM by Mark Schober
  • Collaboration When the C is Circled A number of Modelers have been asked to remove resources from their websites (including me) as this violates AMTA's fair use policy, and this policy has been discussed energetically ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 11:51 AM by Mark Schober
  • Dis-covering Content One of the criticisms I hear of Modeling Instruction and other student-centered, inquiry-based teaching approaches is that they’re “slow” and they “don’t cover much content.” It ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:18 PM by Mark Schober
  • Why the Cow? Accidental Classroom Branding Made Intentional In 1998, when I participated in the Modeling workshops at the University of California at Davis, (the Aggies) our group created a t-shirt based on the projectile motion of ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 8:15 AM by Mark Schober
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