Physics in the Universe
All of my degrees revolve around teaching physics, and I've taught physics for 6 years. So believe me when I say I'm passionate about Physics in the Universe. This is one of my favorite classes to teach because of the content and the plethora of hands-on activities. Physics has a reputation of being difficult, but let me ease your fears – most of my students really enjoy this class. We rarely have homework, and the math component rarely goes beyond algebra one. With that said, this is REAL physics. We'll solve complex word problems using equations with up to 5 variables. While that may sound intimidating, students tend to succeed because we learn through hands-on activities and labs. For a taste of what's to come, check out the videos below:
There's a reason physics majors score the highest grades on the LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. Critical thinking can be learned through studying physics – practicing physics problems literally makes you smarter. And, even better, learning physics is FUN! Most science classes can only host labs once or twice a week, whereas physics can be taught almost entirely with hands-on activities. And it's especially perfect for virtual learning because there are so many online simulations available!
This year, Everett requires all sophomores take Physics in the Universe, and it's devoting as many resources as possible towards the course. I was part of an 8-day adoption committee to select the curriculum, and there's a panel of expert physics teachers regularly modifying it. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a passionate district. Your child is truly in great hands.
In my experience, students and parents don't like keeping track of 6 teacher websites. So, instead of posting frequent updates to this website, I'll push out updates for this class through Remind and Gradebook. Use the tabs on the left to familiarize yourself with those platforms. For two-way communication, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll respond within one business day.
I'm sure many of us are asking how virtual learning will affect things. I'm actually excited for the innovation these times will require. We'll use Canvas for regular assignments and I plan on teaching with more simulations than usual. I plan on grading through 1-on-1 conferencing rather than traditional tests and quizzes. For more logistical information, click on the syllabus in the tabs on the left.