Reflection: Trust and Respect Virtual Exploration of Motion - Section 2: Simulation Exercise: Constant Velocity and Constant Acceleration Cases

 

Knowing that I would be out of class, I had to think strategically about the lesson for today. I needed to provide students with a meaningful experience despite the lack of support and oversight. My choice was made easier by the development of a culture of trust and respect that has emerged in my classroom. This was late March so I knew that if held up my end of the deal (by honoring student's time with a meaningful activity), that they would, with great likelihood, hold up their end (with attention and dedication).

I chose to give the students the motion simulator assignment because it was relevant and familiar to our previous lesson. I also chose to pair it with a chance to study for our upcoming quiz as it would provide the perfect transition - whatever time was left in class after the simulation work could be applied toward preparing for their quiz.

In the video below, I look at the degree to which the activity was suited for students developmentally: given our previous lesson, was this really the best possible simulation work for my students to be doing?

  Strategic Planning when Out of Class
  Trust and Respect: Strategic Planning when Out of Class
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Virtual Exploration of Motion

Unit 5: Objects in Motion
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: Students will induce, through virtual data, the relationship between position, velocity, and slopes.

Big Idea: The motion of an object can be described by its position and velocity graphs.

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