Day 40 – Buggy Challenge #3

roadrunner

Physics 11Taken right from Frank Noschese’s blog…  I’ve gotten so many great ideas from Frank.

Students needed a lot of help with this.  I wonder if this type of activity should begin with an extensive group discussion involving the whole class?  The problem I see with this is that it allows some of the stronger students to easily dissemminate the solution to the rest of the class.  Given that the solution is not the most important part of the activity (it’s going through the process of getting the solution), I’ve always let students struggle with this type of task.

Cognitive Load theories and direct instruction teachers would probably say that each group finding their own solution is inefficient and doesn’t give any direct benefits or learning.  They might be correct, but I am sure that being shown/told how to do this type of problem, and then practicing it until they are proficient at doing it, is not any better.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s