Many teachers have had students ask the proverbial question, “When will I ever use this in my life?” In the sciences, especially physics, teachers seem to battle this torrent of indifference continually. Although many areas of our students’ lives can distract them from their academic pursuits, we as teachers must be introspective in order to prevent our teaching style from becoming one of our students’ potential distractions. For example, a problem source with teaching physics may be an inability to successfully pique students’ interest in our lessons. According to Barrett, student engagement is critical in order for learning to occur. Student engagement is so crucially important that researchers from across the globe attempt to assist teachers in the careful construction of pedagogical “hooks” whereby they can actively engage their students. A student who is not academically engaged may find little use for what is presented and may be bored stiff during the lesson. Regardless of your theoretical perspectives on learning, constructivists to traditionalists alike have no excuse to be boring, and therefore should engage their students before presenting physics concepts.
The Physics Teacher – American Association of Physics Teachers
Published: Mar 1, 2018
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