Dealing with the fear of being a boring teacher.


Copy A “Process”

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.

Not OK.

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Shawn Cornally • September 30, 2011

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