Modern Physics Research Project
Research physics concept from 1900-2014
Write a research paper
Present findings in a self chosen public manner
P7. Plans and implements research strategies.
P8. Identifies, describes and evaluates evidence from diverse sources by detecting bias and distinguishing reliable information sources.
P4. Imagines alternatives and generates solutions for problems.
Instructional Strategy Tool
Students wrote lab reports for a lab at the beginning of the year. For the first lab, I sent them comments and asked them to correct their reports based on the feedback. I found that the students didn't take it seriously.
For the second lab report, I didn't give any feedback other than a numeric grade. The students then had to write a reflection piece about their reports, pros and cons, and explain if they thought they deserved the grade or not. They took these a little more seriously, but still some blew it off and didn't really think about what they were submitting.
For the third lab report, I had them grade each of the other reports and give verbal comments. I put all the comments together and gave them to the students the comments were made about without names attached. The process of rating and commenting on each other's page was the most valuable part of the reflection pieces. They often voiced frustration that the other student's reports weren't descriptive enough to understand what was going on. Then reading each other's comments was particularly brutal for some students, but they needed the wakeup call. When it was just me making comments, they blew them off, but when 6 of their classmates made the same comments, they seemed to take them more to hear.