Jim DeHaan from De La Salle Collegiate high school inquired about open house ideas.
My response is as follows:
How long is the open house?
Depending on the time you can do any number of things.
We have an open house of sorts where the parents do the students’ schedules. They move through a typical school day but spend only 12 minutes in each classroom. For this I do a discrepant event demonstration show. I set up between 6 and 10 discrepant event demonstrations and have the parents predict the outcomes before I do the demo for them. It’s fun and light and I get to show the high energy nature of my classroom. It doesn’t, however, give me time to explain the things about my classroom like the modeling method or the SBG.
If it is long like 35 or 40 minutes I suggest a structured activity like the buggy lab or a pendulum lab with white boarding. Both are fun and easy to do with decently easy to interpret results.
If it is truly an “open house” where people can walk in and out I would suggest have a couple of hand-on demos that they can do set out. Like the ball under the table, two different mass pendulums, a popper car on a track, happy and sad balls etc. In addition I would have student work around the room like white boards for sure and if you do anything else like writing samples or pictures or projects with kids names on them.
What do you think about that?
The original email is below.
I am looking for ideas for open house. Got anything that you are willing to share?
Also, I made some new stacks of graphs worksheets (the other ones were low quality). They are attached.