AP® Physics: Rotation skills!
Whenever I create skills, I write them from the student's perspective and strive to make them as measurable and stand-alone as possible. Each and every year I tweak and adjust the number of skills, the wording, and the order in response to the learning and feedback of the kids. In my physics courses, I was fortunate enough to start from the skills generated by Kelly O'Shea and modify from there. I'm so grateful for her blog! In AP®, I started from the curriculum and generated a preliminary list of skills. I have been patiently massaging the list for years now, and I'm happy to report that I feel I'm converging on a solution! I so appreciate that skills make even the most intimidating content seem manageable and force you (and the students) to focus on the true fundamentals. I also love when the kids say, "Can we do an RMM.3 problem?" or "I really need to work on RMM.2 before the next quiz." Just hearing them use the "secret" language of our class with confidence and clarity is really very cool.
Today was the first day back from break and my small, determined group of AP®-ers began exploring RMM.1. Not only did I love seeing them after a long break, but I was also highly impressed with their willingness to dive back into the whiteboarding. Even better, they all came prepared!