Author Archives: Phil

About Phil

I'm a physicist who sees the world a bit differently. I started this blog for a class, but am pushing to learn how to write more effectively and to get my name out there. I want everyone to learn physics and not fear something they intuitively know. Welcome to my blog, I hope you learn something new. Feel free to email me at Gmail: themisterphysics

Lecture vs. Online

I’d like to take a minute an look at how teaching in the same course, but in different areas can really differ.  The traditional lecture against the online one.  A recitation is quite similar to a lecture, but in my experience, it is much more involved and differs wildly from professor to professor.  I even […] Continue reading

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PBL Assessment for Boba Fett

Prior to our presentation, I was a bit nervous as I thought I had not contributed much in the way of this group.  I had two ideas that I thought were good, but was not enough work to make me feel as an equal contributor.  My area was assessment for the course. Grades had to […] Continue reading

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The Science of Teaching

Is teaching science or art? Read through the first part here: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/plh5012/2013/04/17/the-art-of-teaching/ There is a science to teaching. This is known by many IN the sciences, as we study numbers, statistics and subjects all the time. Why would students and their test scores be any different?  To start, let’s think about how students learn in […] Continue reading

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The Art of Teaching

The classroom is a stage.  The students, the audience. The material, the screenplay. The teacher, the entire cast. Using these parallels, we can adapt many ideas of teacher into our teaching techniques.  If this is sounding familiar, maybe you have seen one of Greg Justice’s lectures or workshops here at VT, we spoke briefly on […] Continue reading

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Diversity (part 2)

I spoke in my last post about how it is inevitable for our brains to sort and organize people.  We discussed in class many other categories that we sort other into.  To reiterate, those included: Age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, ethnicity, social status, and a few others.  I feel that many people think they avoid […] Continue reading

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Tricky Brains

When I hear diversity, I tend to immediately jump to racial or cultural diversity. But when I truly give it some thought, there is so much more, i.e. religions, gender, political, regional, etc. The fact of the matter is that there is an enormous number of ways we can separate and categorize each other. Our […] Continue reading

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Idea Overload

(For some reason the embedding isn’t working…) I’m sure many of you have seen this video, especially after the readings from last week. If you haven’t seen it, it was mentioned in Wesch article and should contain very familiar material.  The other videos included in the resources led me to more videos about education and […] Continue reading

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To Blog or Not To Blog

I blogged a lot when I was in high school.  Nothing really noteworthy, but they were my own thoughts and I could organize them in writing.  Since then, I stopped blogging, thinking that it was merely a waste of my time.  But later on, I noticed it was more difficult to write out things, assignments, […] Continue reading

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The End is Near

Of this course, anyway.  And I wanted to take a moment I have to ask if you, my fellow peers, if you had questions for one another.  Not just questions for myself or for Karen, which we will have the opportunity tomorrow to do.  I want to know more about the other disciplines and how […] Continue reading

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The Choice of Higher Education

A lot of what was talked about this week revolved on the idea of changing higher education.  Many of us even talked about not requiring people to get bachelor or advanced degrees.  I agree to this idea, but only to an extent.  For now, I will limit this to the US, as some of what […] Continue reading

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