Sunday, December 12, 2010


The question is...based on Newton's Laws what will happen to a roller if you increase its mass. Will it go further? Will it go faster? Why? (you must be starting it the same every time)

How does a balloon go across the room? Which of Newton's Laws best describes what is going on?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trebuchet facts & fun

Here are some links to investigate trebuchets

Trebuchet Challenge

NOVA from PBS...try to destroy the castle

Some basic reminders

Warwick castle

Dragonfly TV episode

Thinkquest history & physics

Butler CC basic tips

Saturday, October 16, 2010


If you study to remember, you will forget, but, If you study to understand, you will remember.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
(W. B. Yeats)

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
(Alec Bourne)

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
(Malcolm Forbes)

The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows.
(Laurence Lee)

Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months
(Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
(I think more quickly than 14 months now)

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
(Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
- Anonymous

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.
- Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-- Albert Einstein

"Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions."
-- William Allin

"Getting things done is not always what is most important. There is value in allowing others to learn, even if the task is not accomplished as quickly, efficiently or effectively."
-- R.D. Clyde

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change."
-- Carl Rogers

"A liberally educated person meets new ideas with curiosity and fascination. An illiberally educated person meets new ideas with fear."
-- James B. Stockdale

"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."
-- Thomas Carruthers

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."
-- Sir William Haley

Quantum Intech inc, HeartQuotes - Education Quotes, 2007, 10/16/2010,

English Teachers Network, Education-Quotes, 1997, 10/16/2010, )

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


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Friday, October 8, 2010


from a David Warlick blog post

Relationship with educatorsStudents are employees, required to obediently follow instructions.Learners are citizens with a vested interest in the learning society.
Relationship with other “Students”Students are competitorsLearners are collaborators
MotivationObligation: Students are culturally obliged to work for the teacher & for compensation(below)Responsibility: Learners are motivated by an understood and realized “value” in their work, especially when it is valuable to others.
CompensationInstitution defined grades and gateways to college (another institution) and a good job (another institution)A sense of ongoing accomplishment that is not delivered but earned, and not symbolic but tangible and valuable — an investment.
Mode of OperationCompliant, group-disciplined, objective-oriented, and trainablePersevering, self-disciplined, group- and goal-oriented, resourceful, and learning in order to achieve rather thanachieving learning.
Equipped..with packaged knowledge and tools for recording packaged knowledge — prescribed and paced learning..with tools for exploring a networked variety of content, experimenting with that content, and discovering, concluding, and constructing knowledge — invented learning
AssessmentMeasuring what the student has learned.Measuring what the learner can do with what has been learned.

One of the problems that I struggled with, as I was writing and ordering these qualities was that I wanted to put assessment, for the student, at the top of the list — and assessment, for the learner, at the bottom. For the student, assessment is king, in very much the same way that quality control is such a critical part of the manufacturing processes. But assessment, for learners, is much less obvious, and at the same time, it is much more integral to the learning. Assessment for classrooms of learners is the enormous amounts of qualitative data that is collected by the teacher (and other students) on a minute-by-minute bases.
Assessment is also, and this is what I find most interesting, not a “right” or a “wrong” — a check (√) or an X. It is a simple self-asked question, “Did that work?”
Which are you in Physics? other classes? Are we evolving? Which is better? Which is Mr.Shircliff?  Which does he want you to be?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Projectile Motion

Check out this website and watch the 4 minute video as a primer for projectile motion

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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