· AP Physics 2 is a university level course. Therefore the expectations on you will be higher than for a non-AP course. I expect students to take personal responsibility for their own learning. Learning requires two participants: A teacher (Mr. McPhee) and a learner (You). Without question the learner is the most important part of the learning equation. Learning is a verb, learning is an action, learning is something you must do. Sitting in class, taking notes and nodding politely is NOT LEARNING it is STUDENTING.
· Your job is not to get the highest mark possible, nor should that be your goal (Gasp!). The real goal must be learning, that is the point of education; that is why we are all here. I expect a lot from my students; namely, I expect that they will try. I sincerely hope that you will become engaged, that you will become active in your learning. I am fully aware that not everyone will love physics like I do, but I am equally aware that you do not need to love something to give it your best effort.
· What this means is that I expect you to do more than simply attend and hand in all assigned work. I expect you to participate, I expect you to engage. I want you to challenge me, to ask hard questions. I expect you to seek connections between the classroom and the rest of the world. Physics is everywhere, quite literally. See it.
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