Mr. Mont's Teacher's Lounge
- WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
AP READING: ALTERNATIVE GRADING (pdf) (2016-17)
UPPER MERION AREA HS HISTORY & FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT (2015)
SOCIAL RESEARCH PLC (2011-12)
HOW DO I GRAB THEM? STRATEGIES FOR CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT (Summer 2010)
Managing a Digital Curriculum: Lessons Learned (with PETE VREELAND)
(NSTA Convention, Philadelphia, Winter 2010)
PRODUCTIVITY TIPS FOR TEACHERS (Summer 2009)
HS 1-1 Boot Camp: Organization PRESENTATION (pdf 8.9 Mb) (Summer 2009)
RETHINKING HOW YOU PRESENT INFORMATION (Summer 2009)
POWER SEARCHING - FINDING GOOD INFO ON THE NET (Summer 2009)
STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING (Summer 2009)
THE CHANGING TEACHER WORKLOAD, or How not to get buried by your suddenly productive students
(PETE&C, Hershey, Winter 2009)
(CFF Best Practices Institute, Penn State Great Valley Fall 2008)
FINDING QUICK DATA & MAKING QUICK GRAPHS
SIMULATIONS FOR MATH & SCIENCE
DIGITAL IMAGERY & FAIR USE (Summer 2008)
Getting Digitally Organized WINDOWS & MAC (Summer 2007 & 2008)
Smartboard Training (Summer 2008)
Why You Need to Get Your People Digitally Organized
(PETE&C, Hershey, Winter 2008)
Teaching in Your eClassroom (Summer 2007)
A Fresh Approach with Your Data Projector (Summer 2007)
A Fresh Approach with Your Smartboard (Summer 2007)
Schoolwires Website training (Summer 2006)
Power Searching (Summer 2005)
WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO REPEAT YOURSELF WHEN YOU LECTURE
- FOR PHYSICS TEACHERS
ANALOG TIMER - In case your students are getting caught up in the misleading precision of the digital timers.
THE PHYSICS TEACHER'S HELPER - A set of calculators for collisions (elastic and inelastic), whole number resistance in parallel, and projectile motion, based on my Choosing Numbers that Work presentation.
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS IN SCIENCE - Presentation made by PETE VREELAND and myself at the 2006 Montgomery County Science Teachers Association Miniconvention.
WHY THE LOGICAL ORDER OF PHYSICS IS ILLOGICAL - MS Powerpoint presentation I gave at the 2003 NSTA Convention in Philadelphia, arguing that Dynamics should come before Kinematics, and that E & M should be integrated into Dynamics and Conservation of Energy:
(1) Evidence and Theory, (2) Forces, (3) Motion, (4) Ballistics, (5) Circular Motion and Rotation, (6) Four Basic Forces, (6) Energy (including electrical, radiant, etc.), (7) Collisions, (8) Circuits, and (9) Waves.
CHOOSING NUMBERS THAT WORK PAPER and QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE- From a presentation given at the January 2002 AAPT meeting in Philadelphia, about tricks for choosing numbers for problems quickly and accurately.
BREAKING BARRIERS: ESSAYS IN ASIAN AND COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY IN HONOR OF RAMAKRISHNA PULIGANDLA - Book I assistant-edited. I also contributed a chapter, entitled "Do the Laws of Physics Exclude the Possiblity of Paranormal Communication?" The short answer is yes.
RESPONSE TO JOHN HUBISZ, 'A MATHEMATICAL BACKGROUND CHECK' - letter in The Physics Teacher in which I comment on John Hubisz's suggestion that we screen students by their math ability in a first year physics course.
DESIGNING PROJECTILE MOTION PROBLEMS - letter in The Physics Teacher in which I comment on and add to an excellent article by Jon Lamoreux and Luis Phillipe Tosi.
SOLVING AN "UNSOLVABLE" PROJECTILE MOTION PROBLEM - Article in The Physics Teacher in which I describe how to use a graphing calculator to quickly and easily solve the problem of setting the launch angle for a projectile in order to hit a moving target. I did not make it sufficiently clear in the article, however, that the problem was analytically solvable (how else would the graphing calculator find a solution?) and ended up generating quite a volume of indignant responses. What I should have stated with more clarity was that although there is a method for solving the equation (it's quartic), there is no general solution of the form "x=..." as in the case of quadratic equations. Oh well --- live and learn
THE BUDDHIST EMPIRICISM THESIS: AN EXTENSIVE CRITIQUE - Paper generated while I worked on my MA in philosophy at West Chester U, and published in the journal Asian Philosophy. Attempt to conclusively refute the idea that early Buddhist belief was based on empirical evidence. Please don't misunderstand, I am very partial to Buddhism because it is so different from most religions, but it is not empiricism.
ON THE PROPOSITIONAL TREATMENT OF ANATMAVADA IN EARLY BUDDHISM AND ATMAVADA IN HINDUISM
- Also generated while I worked on my MA, and also published in Asian Philosophy. An attack on the notion that complex Buddhist and Hindu beliefs concerning an immortal center of being could be reduced to simple propositions that could be argued for or verified based on evidence.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LISTENING?
- Op-ed I wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the troubling divide in America and the troubling tendency of politicians to play on this fact. This is actually a slightly amended version.