Welcome Parents!

Your student is engaging in an exciting year of learning through the study of physics. We will conduct investigations to build our understanding of the way the world works, partake in thoughtful discussions, tackle challenging problems, and design projects using our understanding of physics. Below are my curriculum maps for Physics I and Physics II:

There are many different philosophies concerning the best approach for teaching physics. After reviewing much literature on the subject as well as attending a variety of workshops, I've found that Modeling Instruction has shown to produce the most growth in deep understanding of physics as well as important critical-thinking skills that students will need to be successful in college by actively engaging them in the process of model construction. This summer I took a three-week course to learn more about how this form of instruction is implemented. If you'd like to learn more about this approach, check out this TED Talk by Frank Noschese:

At times all students will feel frustrated and struggle with the concepts of the course (this is good, it shows that they are thinking!). If you want to support your student at home, here are some general tips that you might find helpful:
  • Ask your student questions about what they are working on and where they are struggling. Try to get them to explain relevant concepts to you in their own words. This will help reenforce concepts they understand as well as help them identify concepts that they don't fully understand yet and need more practice with.
  • Your student is taking either Physics I or Physics II with me this year. Check out their "Class Page" to see what they're learning in class, what was assigned for homework, or announcements for upcoming quizzes or tests.
  • The "Independent Learning Resources" page has lots of resources for your student to use when they are continuing their studies outside of my class. Feel free to peruse them yourself and remind your student that these resources are available for them.
  • I offer extra-help on Tuesdays and Fridays after school (and other times by request). Remind your student that I am always available if they find themselves in need of additional support.
  • Colleges look for motivated, well-rounded students. The "Student Opportunities" page has tons of extra-curricular programs that students can take part in during the year that will give them important experiences, develop new skills, and give their resume a boost!

If at any point during the year you have any questions or concerns (or think of anything that you'd like to see posted on this page), please don't hesitate to email me ( I will do my best to get back to you promptly. See you soon! -- Mr. Z