Physics is full of interesting topics, and one of the more fun ones is gravity. Students watched the videos showing astronauts’ life in space and freefall from stratosphere. They have also “experienced” weightlessness by calculating their weight on stars and other planets through the simulation.
The most effective teaching method that the teacher applied is to channel the chattiness of students into the constructive activity that will enhance learning. The teacher divided the class into teams of three and then organized the competition: solving problems within a default time limit. It works quite well because most students are active in the right way.
Video experiments for interactive learning
Our physics teacher Tijana Marinkovic keeps improving and refreshing her lessons and making the application of video presentations, animations and simulations of different physical processes more accessible to her student. Thanks to her efforts, our students can observe a physical process in the form of a video experiment, while at the same time being able to affect the process by directly changing the relevant parameters on their iPads.
Students often use www.phet.colorado.edu, a useful physics learning resource rich in interesting simulations and animated explanations of various physical phenomena.
Tijana encourages her students to practice solving physics problems by having one student solve a problem on the interactive whiteboard while other students carefully follow on their computers and tablets. In an effort to inspire her students and ignite their interest in physics even more, in addition to the regular homework assignments, Tijana hands out voluntary homework that is a bit more challenging whose completion guarantees an excellent mark in physics.
Classes structured in such a way help inspire students to explore the world of physics and they actively break down any preconceived notions students may have regarding the subject’s difficulty. Physics is made relatable and fun at Savremena International School.