Tag Archives: physics

Is going over the answers negative reinforcement?

My wife works with people with developmental delays, like autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Her niche is sexual health.  Imagine the hormones of a teenaged boy with the impulse-control of a 5-year-old. She often gets called in when some … Continue reading

Posted in astro 101, clickers, physics, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Problem solving like a physicist

In my role in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia, I am often “embedded” in an instructor’s course, providing resources, assistance and coaching throughout the term. This term, I’m working with an instructor in … Continue reading

Posted in physics, teaching | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

Motivation for pre-reading assignments

For the next 4 months, I’ll be working with an instructor in an 4th-year electromagnetism course. If you’ve taught or taken a course like this, let me just say, “Griffiths”. If you haven’t, this is the capstone course in E&M. … Continue reading

Posted in physics, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Peer instruction workshop: the post-mortem

About a week ago, my colleague Cyn Heiner (@cynheiner) and I ran an all-morning-and-into-the-afternoon workshop on effective peer instruction using clickers. I wrote about preparing for the workshop so it’s only fitting that I write this post-mortem. If “post-mortem” sounds … Continue reading

Posted in clickers, teaching | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

CWSEI End of Year Conference

Every April, at the end of the “school year” at UBC, the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) holds a 1-day mini-conference to highlight the past years successes. This year, Acting-Director Sarah Gilbert did a great job organizing the event. … Continue reading

Posted in astro 101, clickers, teaching | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments