Earth and Space

Seeing what is there

Teaching Guidance for 5-11 Supporting Physics Teaching

Careful observation is the basis

Wrong Track: The sun rises and sets.

Right Lines: The earth spins, which makes the the Sun appear to change its position over a day.

Correct approaches and unhelpful starting points

Thinking about the learning

Our everyday speech and many myths and conventional drawings mislead us into thinking that we live on a stationary Earth, and that everything moves around that.

Thinking about the teaching

Making careful observations is the key. Not only of the Sun, but even sitting watching the moon for an evening, against some conveniently place power lines.

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