Thinking about actions to take(Suggestions)



There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:

Try these

  • developing physical descriptions before accounts that use energy and power
  • using apparatus, words and diagrams together to develop accounts
  • emphasising the practical consequences of calculations with power and energy
  • putting new theoretical ideas to work to imbue them with meaning
  • Teacher Tip: Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.

    Avoid these

  • replacing the physical arguments with mnemonics
  • arguing about power and energy without quantifying
  • conflating different steps of multistep arguments
  • not making links between different devices, all of which switch power
  • Teacher Tip: These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.



    Prepare for teaching across the topic using these links

    topic kitset topic path core ideas (topic) decisions to make (topic) suggestions (for the topic) topic issues



    This is a nugget in the TL thread – connect all three threads from any link

    Physics Narrative (PN) Teaching & Learning Issues(TL) Teaching Approaches(TA)

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