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What makes research-based teaching methods in physics work?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort Director
The PhysPort Teaching Methods pages contain guides to over 50 "PER-based teaching methods."  We define "teaching method" in the broadest possible sense, to include curricula, techniques, resources, tools, and reform strategies.  We use "PER-based teaching method" as a synonym for "interactive engagement" or "active learning" method. …
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Where can I find good activities for small group discussions?

by Sam McKagan, PhysPort director
Nearly all research-based teaching methods in physics involve some kind of small group discussions of challenging conceptual activities. Finding good activities is an important component of making small group discussions work in your class. This recommendation includes links to collections where you can find activities to use in your class.
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active learning, SCALE-UP, Peer Instruction, CAE Think-Pair-Share, Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment, clickers, cooperative groups


What can I do if students don't speak up in discussions with peers, or with the whole class?

by Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado Boulder
Many active learning techniques require students to discuss their ideas either in small groups or in a large class discussion, but, as you know, students don't always erupt into productive conversation. This eighth chapter of our student engagement series focuses on helping students engage in class discussions. CHAPTER 8: STUDENT DISCUSSIONS.
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active learning, discussion, productive engagement


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