Reflection: Unit Exams Forces and Acceleration Test - Section 1: Forces and Acceleration Test


The results for this assessment were mixed but averaged a 75% in most of my classes. I saw that students that struggled had a few different issues: lack of understanding of free body diagrams, inability to apply the mathematical model to all situations, and lack of understanding of the qualitative aspect of the mathematical model. For each of these struggles, I thought that I had built in supports, such as modeling in class, to help students. I also used backwards design so that students saw similar types of problems on worksheets and on the test. Unfortunately some of my students still struggled.

Next time I teach this unit I would make sure that students who struggle with free body diagrams in class  receive one-on-one support or small group instruction to make sure they understand those concepts. I feel that some of the students who did not do well had trouble with free body diagrams in the previous unit, so I need to make sure that students understand those concepts before moving on to applying them.

  Applying models in a variety of situations
  Unit Exams: Applying models in a variety of situations
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Forces and Acceleration Test

Unit 5: Force and Acceleration
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: Students will be able answer qualitative and quantitative questions about Newton's second law.

Big Idea: Students show what they have learned about Newton's second law.

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