Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Being a Physics Teacher and Father: The Story of Jeffrey Wright | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Being a Physics Teacher and Father: The Story of Jeffrey Wright | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:


Being a Physics Teacher and Father: The Story of Jeffrey Wright

The following article and YouTube selection comes from a story written by Tara Pope published in theNew York Times, December 24, 2012. It is an uncommon story of a gifted teacher whose life story becomes part of the physics lessons that he teaches. I saw this story on Joanne Jacob’s blog, “Linking and Thinking on Education” (http://www.joannejacobs.com/)
Jeffrey Wright is well known around his high school in Louisville, Ky., for his antics as a physics teacher, which include exploding pumpkins, hovercraft and a scary experiment that involves a bed of nails, a cinder block and a sledgehammer.
But it is a simple lecture — one without props or fireballs — that leaves the greatest impression on his students 

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