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An inexperienced physics teacher requires his students to write down and memorize formulas on the Laws of Motion. At the end of the school week he gives them problems to solve using those formulas. He explains that there is no way that students can solve the problems without memorizing the formula first. What do you say to this teacher?


1) If we want the students to store the formula in long term memory, perhaps we can ask them to do the work by using successful pneumonic devices. Divide the class into groups and assign each group a different formula. The group is to devise a jingle and an image that will help their classmates remember the formula.
(Prompt to shift the control of learning to the students)

2) I know you want students to memorize these formulas about the Laws of Motion. Students often understand and retain concepts best when they get to use them in application. Could you show them how to apply these formulas in problem solving situations before you expect them to memorize the formulas? Could your instruction on using the formulas to solve problems, also be a support for helping them to understand and also memorize the formulas?
(Prompt to refine lesson plan based on instructional strategies)

3) There are some fun videos on You Tube that you could use to show the Laws of Motion in action. Could we co-plan a lesson together where I find and show the videos and you make the connections to the applicable Laws of Motion and formulas?
(Prompt to use technology to increase student engagement)

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