Day 57: Starting with Definitions vs. Starting with Questions
College Prep Physics: In previous years, I introduced the concepts of distance and displacement by giving students the definitions first and then looking at a few examples. Here’s a screenshot from last year’s handout with notes:
This year, I started by giving students this question first:
The dialogue and debate among the students was great.
Now we had a purpose for the words distance and displacement because sometimes “how far” is just too vague. Plus, the students came up with the definitions on their own first, and later we can attach the formal scientific terms to those definitions.
I am on the lookout for more examples like this!