November 28, 2015 Filed in: Articles
Roberta Tevlin, OAPT Newsletter Editor, Physics Teacher Danforth CTI
Recently, a teacher asked me for advice about how to start running the OAPT physics contest
. I asked some teachers to help me answer this question. As well as finding great advice for getting students to write the contest, I also learnt about other contests and how teachers were incorporating past OAPT contest questions into their course all year long. Read More...
November 15, 2015 Filed in: Articles
Shawn Brooks, Contest Manager, Teacher at University of Toronto Schools
We have always strived to have a range of question difficulty on our OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest. We now have a new statistics feature, so that teachers will be able to review how well their students did on each question. When you find that your students had a difficult time with a particular question, you could try dividing your students into groups to discuss:
- why they agree or disagree with the official answer to the question
- how they could re-write the question to make it easier to solve
- why so many students picked the wrong answer
October 30, 2015 Filed in: Articles
Margaret Scora, Teacher at Monsignor Paul Dwyer CHS
It is very important to have our students engaged in the classroom in order for deep learning to occur. Your students need opportunities to use their creative spark and build on their 21st century learning skills. Peter Benson’s TED talk
does a great job of presenting how important this is.
Ideas for projects proliferate but many of these are time-consuming, expensive and beyond the skills of an average student and the tools of an average physics classroom. However, your students can build a catapult with K’Nex™ in just one class with virtually no prep and no trips to the wood shop. Read More...