The first two weeks of class are over. So far the class seems pretty engaged with the content and are doing a few more labs/investigations than last year but still most of them tend to watch the videos in class rather than at home. (Note that one student with a Windows 8 tablet was unable to watch the embedded videos in the moodle pages but could watch them directly from youtube???).

A couple of students tried to do the internal resistance lab during the first week. When I asked them why they said because it seemed to be the hardest and they wanted to get it over with. They did not seem to understand the concepts so I encouraged them to view the videos first or start with the uniform motion lab.

Another student who has already completed physics 12 once jumped around the whole course. First asking questions about torque, then conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, and then finally projectile motion. At first I was concerned that he was unfocused but then I realized that this is why I designed the course this way. If he wants to start looking at torque on the first night so be it.

I still struggle with not lecturing. It just feels like I’m not teaching. A few students ask questions throughout the night but so far no one has taken my offers of tutorials on specific topics. Perhaps things will change next week after the first test.

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