In our physics class, students are expected to find the concepts behind the physics instead of relying the mathematical computations. This causes many issues because of the outdated equipment we have at our school. Newer equipment is designed to help foster learning through experimentation. My students are all highly motivated and come from a large, urban city in Michigan. They attend our school for its reputation in preparing students for college.
Many of our graduates attend the nation's best colleges.
Each student takes seven rigorous classes per year, and some students take 5 advanced placement courses simultaneously. I stress the importance of data analysis that leads to patterns. From these patterns and trends, students discuss what they observe and reach conclusions about the science with my guidance. These skills are important in the next generation of science and will prepare students for careers in STEM fields. My students this year range from advanced placement physics students, who are in desperate need of new laboratory investigations to allow them opportunities to deepen their content knowledge in physics, to general physics who need to learn the content. Most of my students plan to pursue a career in STEM fields.
My students often come from homes where it is difficult to afford high quality graphing calculators, which are used quite often in my physics classes and an an immense benefit to my students.
Students in my physics classes are highly motivated to learn and understand the complex physics we study.
The majority of them wish to pursue a career in engineering. My students are constantly using calculators to analyze data to support their claims, problem solving, or analyzing graphs that they create on the calculator. Additionally, TI-Nspire calculators can be used with the TI Navigator which allows me distribute a calculator to each student which can then be turned into a remote access. I can poll students using their calculators, display their screens if I see particular screens I wish to project.
Having more calculators for my students to use will help support my ideal of a student-centered classroom and help them better learn physics.
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