Reflection: Joy Diving into Free Fall - Section 2: Skydiving Video to Introduce Free Fall


My motivation in showing a skydiving video is slightly selfish.  I skydived back in 2011 and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.  I'm not saying I'd do it again, but just talking about that rush of adrenaline makes me smile!  My students often will catch on to the joy and passion I feel when we watch this video, maybe because I'm sitting in the back of the room oooohhhhing and aaaahhhhing throughout.  As a result of this, we usually get to engage in some pretty interesting conversations and it makes for a fun start to the class.  

The drawback to this introduction is sometimes it takes WAY longer than it should and students end up with less time to work in small groups.  I'm ok with that - I find so much value in spending time actually talking with my students and learning more about them.  My hope is that they'll also learn a little more about me and our student-teacher bond will be positively impacted.

  Skydiving Brings Me Joy!
  Joy: Skydiving Brings Me Joy!
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Diving into Free Fall

Unit 1: 1-D Kinematics
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to quantitatively and qualitatively describe free fall motion.

Big Idea: What happens when a skydiver's parachute won't open? Today, students dive right into the basics of free fall.

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