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Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:

Try these

  • explicitly modelling the scales of objects
  • drawing attentions to the different scales used in representations
  • engaging the imagination so that the very real difficulties in matching the phenomena to the models are evident

Teacher Tip: Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.

Avoid these

  • using diagrams where multiple scales are represented uncritically
  • providing too much detailed history
  • treating the different models as facts
  • not separating what is observed from the explanations for those observations

Teacher Tip: These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.

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