Hints and Tips
- Do this as early as you can with groups to ensure they are confident with it later on.
- Give them an everyday context to why this skill is important. Before teaching I worked as a sound engineer and often speakers weren’t working, or channels on the desk. Was it a faulty wire or loose connection? How would you know and what would you do to correct it?
- Have a tray for faulty equipment. This (hopefully) stops students placing faulty equipment back in a practical kit tray for another group to try later on. It also means that the technicians can check this at a later date to see if it can be fixed. Working with the technicians in your department is key, and this will assist them greatly as well as strengthen relationships between you and them.
DiscussDo you have a lesson coming up where you can build resilience and problem-solving skills up within your students? How would you do this?Share your ideas in the comments.
Teaching Practical Science: Physics
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