Monday, January 7, 2013

The Pendulum and Galileo

This is a youtube video that I found very helpful in our Force and Motion Unit.  I had the students experiment the day before watching it with their own pendulums.  I gave them all the same length of string to hang from their desks and 10 washers from the hardware store.  They started with 5 washers, then 10 washers.  When they were done with that part I asked them to try it again, however this time I asked them to change the distance they were pulling back and dropping from.  I read the Science Mystery Grandfather's Clock and then gave them a shorter string to use with the washers.  It worked great and they were able to see with their own eyes the change.

I hope everyone had a great Monday----------I'm a very tired teacher this evening.  Waking up at 5:00 A.M. is hard after sleeping in during the break.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Well it's time----I'm heading back to school tomorrow and have a New Years Resolution to be more organized.  (Along with many others which includes blogging more)  I tend to put everything off until Sunday evenings and then wonder why I have anxiety.

One of the things that I won't change is my magnetic paper pocket folders--- I love them!!  I currently have one set and am in need of another set.  I place them on our white board next to the assignments for the day with daily homework in them.  The students know to come in in the morning, write their assignments down, and the get their homework out of the pocket and place in their planner.  At the end of the day if there are still papers in the magnetic folder I know that someone forgot theirs or it goes on the desk of an absent student.

I also use them to collect their homework.  I keep the collection folders across the room on another board (keeps the traffic flow smoother.)The students slip their homework into the folder in numerical order, which saves time for me when checking off daily homework.

                                                                         Happy New Year