Mr. Russell has been promoting Student-Centered Learning in his upper-level courses, Physics and Advanced Placement Chemistry. According to a 2015 article on Edutopia, “Student-centered classrooms include students in planning, implementation, and assessments. Involving the learners in these decisions will place more work on them, which can be a good thing. Teachers…. ‘share’ power by empowering learners.”
Above, Physics students are conducting an experiment to measure the distance and speed of a golf ball rolling down an inclined ramp in order to calculate acceleration. Senior Cullen Wood (seated, right) also built the ramp and earned extra credit for his efforts.
Above, Senior Sarah Grace Brownlee explains how electrons occupy orbitals for her A.P. Chemistry classmates.