Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Vectors in Physics - Section 2: Introduction with a Ranking Activity


It's no secret that ranking tasks do a great job at getting students to really think about material and do more than establish an answer. However, I really appreciate ranking tasks because they ask the students to assess their confidence. As a teacher I often just congratulate a student for getting the right answer, but I don't always inquire as to how sure that student was feeling about the answer. The more I look at how confident students feel when doing these activities, the more I see a need to reassure and build the confidence of my students. My hope is that if I can build students' confidences they will be less likely to second guess themselves and work through problems more efficiently on the AP Physics 1 exam.

  Ranking Tasks go Above and Beyond
  Student Self-Assessment: Ranking Tasks go Above and Beyond
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Vectors in Physics

Unit 2: 2-D Kinematics
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to find the components, magnitude, and direction of resultant vectors.

Big Idea: A review of vectors kicks off a unit on projectile motion!

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Science, Physical Science, AP Physics, vector, Projectile Motion, vector
  50 minutes
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