Reflection: Real World Applications Creating User Guides on Work - Section 4: Pair Work: User Guide on Work

 

When there are students with multiple levels of ability and learning styles within a classroom, you may run the risk of losing students to either boredom or apathy or both. Many students equate computing a numerical value with mastery over physics content. In this lesson, student pairs work together to leverage each other's strengths to obtain and communicate information about work to create a user guide for a 9th-grade audience. 

I introduce the idea of creating user guides and manuals for a specific audience because I believe that one of the best ways to demonstrate understanding is to teach someone else. At this point in the semester, we have completed the introductory unit where we talk about best practices for learning physics. Students have also had several experiences of working in heterogeneous teams at this point in the semester.

Some students ask lots of questions about annotations, example problems, and the layout of each page. Other students focus on making their user guides easy to use and engaging. I think that this part of the lesson was successful because ~85% of students were able to craft user guides that scored competent or higher on our 5-point scale. When trying to adopt this strategy, I suggest having a student protocol for considering viewpoints and merging explanations. 

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Creating User Guides on Work

Unit 5: Work and Energy
Lesson 15 of 15

Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of mathematical models of work by creating a user guide for physical science students.

Big Idea: User guides are essential tools for explaining the concept of "work" through a physics lens.

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