AP Physics Reading: Day 7

NB: For all you Facebook folks, there was an issue with the auto update. If you want the full AP reading experience, you’ll have to go to the blog proper and read up.

Friday, June 8

DONE! All tests were done reading before lunch, so we hung out and talked teaching for an hour or so before being released. I graded a total of 7,625 exams. This makes over 20k tests graded total in my four years as a reader. There are people here who have been doing this for decades, so I am not trying to claim that is some historic number. Just that seeing 20,000 different ways students approached the eight questions I’ve been a reader on has helped me learn a lot about student thinking. I try to incorporate those ideas into my teaching to get ahead of misconceptions and understand how novices process information.

Monday, June 11

Now it’s been two days since I got back home. Saturday was a travel day. I got home and slept for 13 hours. It seems I was a little tired. Sunday was a chill day getting out of the house and spending time with friends. I slept for almost 10 hours Sunday night. This morning I had a meeting with my dept head about my student evaluations, which went far better than the giant knot of anxiety had been telling me it would go since we scheduled it last Wednesday. I’ve got some good ideas for what to improve on next year, and I’m super duper looking forward to spending time this summer putting together/improving/expanding a couple curricula.

Right now we’re about to head to Salinas to pick up another order of metal stock for the robotics team, eat lunch somewhere new and exciting, and then get to work on my billion summer projects. The first summer project? Sit down and make a list of all my summer projects.


One thought on “AP Physics Reading: Day 7”

  1. Hi Val, I’m sorry that I didn’t have a chance to talk to you at the AP Reading. Just want to let you know that I have enjoyed reading your blog, especially the Reading day-to-day adventures.


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