Traditional Instruction vs “Deliberate Practice” (Part 1)

The Latest Cark Weiman study Summary: “Science” just published (May 13, 2011) a fascinating article:  Improved Learning in a Large Enrollment Physics Class, Louis Deslauriers, Ellen Schelew, and Carl Wieman Carl is a Physics Noble prize winner, now working in science education.  The article is on an experiment they did in physics education. They waited Read More …

Adaptive Expertise

Another superb reference through the PHYSLNR list: adaptive expertise.  There are two kinds of expert: the efficient speedy guy, like an abacus master or a rubriks cube solver.  But there is another kind, the innovator. The ideas is to aim for learning to product adaptive experts – and which trajectory works best? Daniel Swartz suggests Read More …

What makes a good teacher?

A fraught question indeed!! This list from the ROTP project, used in teaching/teacher evaluation: “The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) was developed as an observation instrument to provide a standardized means for detecting the degree to which K-20 classroom instruction in mathematics or science is reformed per the national science and mathematics standards.” The instructional Read More …