Tag Archives: Physics 101

A first-day AMA

To begin building my own credibility (and that of my TA) in the classroom this semester, we spent 15 minutes hosting an “Ask Us Anything” (as opposed to AMA==Ask Me Anything; inspired by Making the Most of Your First Day of Class). To avoid spending too much time having students write their questions on cards, […]

Evidence-based teaching strategies in Physics 101

Physics 101 is the introductory calculus-based physics course for life science students at UBC. Over the past decade, departmental efforts related to the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative have resulted into the “transformation” of this course, from traditional lecture-based instruction to an interactive engagement style. Pre-reading assignments, peer instruction and clickers, in-class worksheets, and two-stage […]

The student perspective on the lecture TA: ‘Ask me how I’m doing’

Understanding the role of the lecture TA This past semester, I was a lecture TA in Physics 101 (in Joss Ives‘s section), a large-scale first-year calculus based physics course. Briefly, the lecture TA is another instructor-type body in the ~250 student lecture, put there to support student learning. Depending on your experience, you might be wondering what […]

How might a spider feel its prey sooner? (Phys101 PCOs, weeks 7-9)

(This is the third post in a semester long series about the pre-class overheads, or PCOs, Joss Ives and I use as discussion pieces in Physics 101, a large-scale first-year physics course. The intent of these posts is to create a record of the images we choose and of the thoughts behind our choices. See also […]

Was the moon landing faked? (Phys101 PCOs, weeks 4-6)

(This is the second post in a semester long series about the pre-class overheads, or PCOs, Joss Ives and I use as discussion pieces in Physics 101, a large-scale first-year physics course. The intent of these posts is to create a record of the images we choose and of the thoughts behind our choices. See […]

What is the longest straw Superman could drink out of? (Phys101 PCOs, weeks 1-3)

(This is the first in a semester long series about the pre-class overheads, or PCOs, Joss Ives and I use as discussion pieces in Physics 101, a large-scale first-year physics course. The intent of these posts is to create a record of the images we choose and of the thoughts behind our choices.) In Physics […]

Creating a collaborative classroom

This semester, I am a lecture TA again, this time teaming up with Joss Ives (@jossives) in Physics 101 (Energy and Waves). Together, we have decided to again implement the pre-class overheads in the lecture, intending to use them as a tool to promote student discussions. We feel that they can be useful for a […]