Unfortunately, my lab equipment is pretty low tech. I acquired physics about 7 years ago from a math teacher who did not do labs. I made a commitment to do whatever it took to offer the lab experience for my students. I gathered/created whatever I could to make that possible. Each year I have been able to purchase a little something and now have a pretty good supply of "toys". Probably the most valuable equipment would be my collision carts, stop watches, and meter sticks. Steel balls and ramps as well as spring scales are a must. From there I have just filled in with whatever I can get my hands on. If you need lab ideas let me know. I have a few simple things that work. I have gathered them from conferences, the Internet, etc. I hope this helps.
I have tried several times this week to stop and respond to your post - but... the week has been particularly full, even in the evenings. If you would like to chat this weekend about the concerns you raised, I would be glad to be a sounding board. I just realized I failed to capture your cell number when you called earier, or I'd take the initiative.
Absolutely! I only have one period of Honors Physics and it is first period. School starts at 7:45 every day except Wed. which begins at 8:55. I teach Chemistry the rest of the day. If you have a request as to what you would like to see let me know. I have really been experimenting with this class, trying to implement more modeling, whiteboarding, trying to do more inquiry, etc. plus I have a new textbook so I have to change the assignments, new labs, etc. A lot of work for 20 students, but they are definitely worth it and I love the challenge!
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