A Spontaneous Push (from a student) for Flipping the Class

Today in my physics class, students are collecting data for a self-chosen research question. It’s a very simple lab using only tennis balls and simple measuring equipment like meter sticks and stopwatches. The students had to develop a research question and method. Ultimately, they’ll graph their data using either Excel or Logger Pro.

A student asked me about how to calculate averages in Excel. It’s something they’ve seen before, but this student simply couldn’t remember it. Lightbulb moment! If I had a tutorial up on my Moodle site about how to manipulate data in Excel (averages, etc.) it’d be a great resource for students that need extra help with things like this.

I love it when students push me to become a better teacher, even if they don’t realize it.

Cheers.
Lowell

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