Class: Physics 302: Teaching and Communicating Physics
- Students prepare 10-minute practice lessons in advance.
- Then, after some brief introductory material in class, students break up into four groups each consisting of five students and one instructor, and each group goes to a different room in the building.
- One a time, a student in a group leads an interactive lesson for the other students and instructor in that group for 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of immediate feedback and discussion moderated by the instructor in that group.
- Then another student leads the next lesson and the process repeats until every student has had a turn.
- Each student's final project is an extended (20-minute) practice-teaching session to give them a chance to show what they've learned from the course.
- There are more detailed instructions in the attached syllabus.
Comments: Much research indicates that students learn far more by practicing what they need to do in a non-judgmental environment with plenty of expert feedback than they do from merely sitting through passive lectures.
Materials/Resources: Students generally brought their own notes, but on Week 7, when their practice teaching takes the form of an interactive laboratory lesson, they can bring in materials from home or from the Science Center labs.
Please note all the attached documents are works in progress and may vary from year to year.