The Modeling Method of
Physics TeachingTaken from the MM Web Site Why a different approach to physics instruction?Research shows that after conventional instruction, students could not fully explain even the simplest of physics concepts, even though many could work related problems.
Worse yet, conscientious conventional instruction delivered by talented (and even award-winning teachers) did not remedy the situation significantly. Do our students really understand?What does it mean when students can readily solve the quantitative problem at left, yet not answer the conceptual question at right?
For the circuit above, determine the current in the 4 resistor and the potential difference between P and Q.Bulbs A, B and C are identical. What happens to the brightness of bulbs A and B when switch S is closed? What has NOT made a difference in student understanding?lucid, enthusiastic explanations and examples
intensive use of technology
lots of problem solving and worksheets Any theory of instruction must answer two questions.What should students learn?
How should students learn?Conventional instruction’s answer:Tell the student as much as you can.
Show the students as much as you can. ...