The SAIL Teaching Framework

This is a condensed version of the complete chart, but it's a good place to start. Click for a larger view (and to download).

August 28, 2016

New Physics Curriculum

New school year, new State science framework, so new physics curriculum. Here's the first iteration, a model unit in 3 steps: 1) identify the forces in an interaction, 2) identify what is transferred/transformed due to the interaction, 3) construct/manipulate a model of the interaction. That's it! Now apply this three-step model to the handful of physics topics/applications as dictated by the State. Don't forget to take advantage of the flow of certain concepts and processes through similar/related topics.

June 17, 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life