Day 103: Questions for the #modphys CommunityPosted: March 18, 2014
I feel like I’ve tried just about everything for problem solving in my college level physics class. This time around it was having the students work on problems yesterday (1-5 from this packet), then today we whiteboarded the problems. In my first period, we both played the mistake game and I had students in a circle. We had multiple groups with the same problem, presenting at the same time, and we compared whiteboards. In 2nd and 3rd hour I had them do more standard whiteboard presentations, as the circle didn’t feel right. In all cases, and in the many ways I’ve tried in the past to present problems on whiteboards, I didn’t feel like the time spent was worth it, particularly compared to simply having students simply work problems with me circulating, giving tips, and occasionally going through parts of the problem on the board.
This is as opposed to whiteboarding conceptual aspects; I see LOTS of benefit in those conversations.
So here’s my questions;
- Do you have a method for whiteboarding or otherwise going through the problem solving process that you have found to be successful?
- Do you think my method of having students work individually/together on problems in class, instead of whiteboarding them, is ok?
Comments are great, since we can have continued discussion, but twitter would be fine too. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!