Tomorrow was originally scheduled to be a staff development day, so all three of my classes took assessments wrapping up their last topic.
AP Physics 1: Waves Assessment
This quiz included an experimental design problem off a past AP exam. My students still find those kinds of problems really intimidating, but I’m really pleased with the work on the quizzes I’ve looked at so far. In general, both this year and in the past, I’ve had a lot of trouble helping my students feel as confident as I think they should when it comes to the AP Physics 1 exam, and I think their reaction to experimental design problems is one symptom. I have noticed that one of my sections is much more confident, and I don’t think its coincidence that they are also a MUCH smaller section. As we get into the home stretch to May 7, I need to give some thought to how I can help all of my students recognize the progress I’ve seen in them.
Physics: Pendulum Assessment
Students took their quiz on pendulums, then started working on a final review.
Chemistry Essentials: Formula Writing Assessment
Students quizzed over formula writing. Most were feeling very good about their work at the end of the quiz, which is a great place to be at the end of the term.