I had a very nice student ask me if I would be willing to show her exactly how to do all of the math in physics before we started doing anything. She said that she learns best when she can copy a process just with different numbers, like math class.
I had no idea how to tell such a nice young lady that this is exactly the problem I’m trying to fix.
I responded, “Well, there’s an infinite number of physical systems, so there’s no way I can do that. You’re going to have to learn the larger ideas and then apply them.”
She looked at me and said that no one has ever put it that way before.
Hello! I teach physics, calculus, object-oriented programming, and gastronomy at a rural Iowa high school.
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I love curing bacon, the Oxford comma, and getting students into the narrative arc of a lesson. I hate traditional grading, non-sparkling water, and being boring. [Warning, my proof reader is paid a teacher's salary]
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