Day 2.38 Unbalanced Force Ranking Task

Wed. March 26, 2014

UFM Ranking Task


Physics students were given the task of analyzing several similar but different unbalanced force situations.  I had two of these types of problems so I decided to split my large class into just two halves.  This left 2 groups of 8-9 students each.  I gave the groups the assignment of coming up with 1 whiteboard for the group that every one in the group agreed on.  For a task like this that takes some thinking and debate the large groups worked really well to encourage discourse among the students without my interaction.  It was like having two small board meetings going on at the same time and I wasn’t involved in either one!


About bradwysocki

I teach high school Chemistry and Physics using Arizona State University's Modeling Method. The school I teach in is Bloomer HS in Northwest Wisconsin. I've been using the Modeling Method for 7 years now and have just recently begun using Standards Based Grading as a way to assess my students learning.
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1 Response to Day 2.38 Unbalanced Force Ranking Task

  1. mmrevans says:

    I just did an exercise where larger groups had to do this type of discussion and the only thing I did was step in when I heard reasoning going off the rails. These certainly are energetic classrooms.

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