Integrating Energy, Equity, and Place in High School Physics

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Emily Pontius

Pedagogical Methods Used

Modeling Instruction

Educational Interests

I teach mostly physics first classes. I try to create an environment in which all the students see themselves as scientists. I focus assessing them on the Science and Engineering Practices from the NGSS. My approach is a mashup of Modeling/ISLE. I am lately trying to implement ideas from P. Liljedahl's "Building a Thinking Classroom". I value depth over breadth.

Describe the courses that you teach

Physics First (Modeling based), Robotics (1 semester with VEX), Engineering Physics - a one year elective for 11th/12th grade - this has been evolving: last year we did the Modeling C.A.S.T.L.E. pedagogy for electric circuits, followed by more advanced circuit projects then a half year with arduino projects/physical computing.

What does it mean to you to integrate science and equity?

I am learning: currently I am leaning towards a lot of practices from "Building a Thinking Classroom " from P. Liljedahl - particularly random groups of three, students at vertical whiteboards.

What else would you like to share with others in this learning community?

I am trying to implement a touch or more of "ungrading" and feel kind of along about that were I teach. I would love to hear other's ideas and methods.

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Student place-based investigation that leads to learning about a Superfund site and its implications to surrounding communities.

Water Quality and Access, Environmental Impacts , Climate Justice, Environmental Racism, Human Health Impacts, History of Inequity and Injustice, Structural Inequity

Orbits, Flow Rate, Refractive Index

Emily Pontius