New School & New Beginnings

This year I start my tenth year teaching and working at independent boarding schools.  Last year my wife and I decided to move our family of 5 out of the city and into an environment better suited for our three little ones.  We’re excited to be working and living now at Pomfret School, in Pomfret, Connecticut.

We’re just a week into classes now and I’ve been exposed to a whole host of new technology tools that I have never used before.  I’ll try to highlight them here:

  1. Google Classroom: At Pomfret students are setup with a Google e-mail and all of the Google apps suited for education.  Google Classroom seemed to be the perfect choice as an LMS for myself and the students this year.  It has taken some time to get use to but we’re both starting to get the hang of it.  The more I use it the more I like it.screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-31-09-pm
  2. EDpuzzle: This site is amazing.  What a great way to assign formative assessments and to keep students engaged outside of the classroom.  I’m not a huge proponent of a 100% flipped classroom but this has made it quite easy to bring more meaning to homework.  We just upgraded our school account and it allows for unlimited access and sharing of videos within the school and access to their new gradebook, well worth it.Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 1.32.56 PM.png
  3. Mathematica: All of the students at Pomfret are given a full license to Mathematica and we use it extensively in the Science Department.  It takes the pain of the math out of the learning of science.  There is a bit of an adjustment to the programming style of the software but students and myself alike are getting the hang of it pretty quickly.Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 1.35.09 PM.png

Hoping I can keep the blog updated this year and share more stories and ideas from the classroom.

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Opening My Classroom Door

Since beginning my teaching career in the fall of 2007 I have always invited colleagues to visit my classroom, telling them that my door is always open.  I’m hoping that this blog will allow me to open my classroom door to a larger audience to encourage feedback and comments on the teaching and learning that happens within.

My name is Derek Segesdy, I have been teaching physics at the high school level for 7 years, now in my 8th.  I currently teach at Worcester Academy, an independent day and boarding school in Worcester Massachusetts.  I am also the Science Department Chair and work with department members teaching science from grade 6 through senior year.  At Worcester Academy we teach physics as a third year course, preceded by biology (freshman) and chemistry (sophomore).  I have also taught physics first at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs.

Recently I have been inspired by the blog posts of @rutherfordcasey, @fnoschese, and @reilly1041.  I will try to follow suit by sharing some of what we do in our classrooms as well as some general thoughts about teaching and learning at the high school level.