I gave a workshop with Mike Pustie in NYC in June and with Casey Rutherford in Minneapolis in July on using a graphical approach to solve kinematics and force problems. I wrote a bit about the content involved in my preview post, and I wanted to follow that up here by making the slides and content available to anyone interested. The full presentation is available here and is embedded below.
Overall, both workshops seemed to be successful, even if one had to be #unsanctioned, and at least one participant has already been reporting success with implementing the strategies in class:
I had a great time sharing with everyone and learned some new things myself, too! Thank you to everyone who helped make the workshops happen (including the participants!).
1) There is a “Part 2” to this workshop scheduled for Sunday October 19th (2014) via STEMteachersNYC. It will be on Graphical Physics Solutions for Momentum and Energy (including going beyond just bar charts for problem solving in those models). If you’re in the NYC area, I hope to see you there! I’ll also post some recap information here, too, once that is complete.
2) I should be presenting a full day workshop in a more “sanctioned” manner at next summer’s AAPT meeting in Maryland. The plan for the workshop is to spend half of the time on this graphical solutions material and half of the time on what I’m calling “advanced whiteboarding techniques”—strategies for whiteboarding beyond the basic student presentations (practicing using mistake whiteboarding, speed dating, etc). I’m really excited about getting to do that, and I hope it will be appealing and helpful to others.