Day 10: Motion Map Precursors


Before discussing motion maps, I asked my students to draw a diagram showing the motion of a fast and slow buggy. As you can see, most groups came up with a similar representation on their own. I especially like the creative race track diagram (it’s the third board).

My motivation for doing it this way comes from Schwartz’s research regarding “a time for telling.” By activating the concept (motion diagrams), students are primed to receive the information via direct instruction (drawing motion diagrams according to convention).

For more information and examples of Schwartz’s work, I recommend these posts from Science Geek Girl:



About Frank Noschese

HS Physics Teacher constantly questioning my teaching.

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