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How I Teach… Energy Part 4 – Lab!

This is part of a series! Part 1 (Work) Part 2 (energy bar charts) Part 3 (problem solving) I have this lab I received from a colleague, it’s an iteration of a lab I’ve seen in other places. Basically an object goes down a ramp, gets caught by a paper catch/index card etc and students…

How I teach… Work & Energy Part 3 – The Math!

This is part of a series! Part 1 (Work) Part 2 (energy bar charts) Part 4 (Vertical Whiteboard +Lab) After over a week of work and various representations and practicing energy bar charts we finally dive into the math. We’ve already created mathematical models for spring energy and gravitational potential energy and I give them…

How I Teach… Work & Energy (part 2)

This is part of a series! Part 1 (Work) Part 3 (problem solving) Part 4 (Lab) We move into energy conservation pretty quickly. Similar to our introduction to work, I pull on prior student knowledge. How many energy forms can you name? As students list them I copy them on the board, sorting them into…

How I Teach… Work & Energy

Interestingly enough the work and energy unit/chapter has become my litmus test for whether or not I’m going to invest time in a resource. It was what spurred my frustration with The Physics Girl’s AP review series (although I’ve learned that when you’re actually commissioned by someone like PBS you have to bend to the…

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Hi, I’m Marianna Ruggerio. I’ve taught physics since 2009. I’m incredibly passionate about increasing diversity and equity in physics, as well as mentorship of preservice and novice teachers. Here you will find me sharing my classroom ideas, reflections and making Physics Education Research tangible for fellow high school teachers.

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