Monday, November 15, 2010


This activity is borrowed from Mr. Meyer.

Pick a picture & geogebra file and determine (PROVE) if the ball goes in or not.
We should make 7 teams and analyze all of them (1 per team)
The Geogebra (graphing) files are shared in your Google Docs.
Make a conjecture based on the picture.
Try to determine from analyzing (somehow) the picture.
Then use the graph file to verify.

take1    picture  

take2    picture 

take3    picture 

take4    picture 

take5    picture 

take6    picture  

take7    picture

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

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Here are a few of the writings I have read and contemplated lately.
Read them so we can keep having informed discussions :

Mctownsley presentation

What grade did you get?

You don't have a grade yet?

Point chasing

Learning is never done.  We are always works in progress.  Our "grading system" is a work in progress.
We adapt to what we need to accomplish.

Friday, October 8, 2010


from a David Warlick blog post

                           Students                                       Learners
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 an watch the 4 minute video as a primer for projectile motion

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

test embed

How to do this??
1) While looking at the video you want, look at the bottom to the symbol next to the time (sideways tree diagram??)
2) Click on that
3) Copy embed code
4) Edit your blog post
5) Edit HTML
6) Paste the embed code

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

what is physics

Check out my new show, what is physics!

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