Wed. March 26, 2014
Physics students were given the task of analyzing several similar but different unbalanced force situations. I had two of these types of problems so I decided to split my large class into just two halves. This left 2 groups of 8-9 students each. I gave the groups the assignment of coming up with 1 whiteboard for the group that every one in the group agreed on. For a task like this that takes some thinking and debate the large groups worked really well to encourage discourse among the students without my interaction. It was like having two small board meetings going on at the same time and I wasn’t involved in either one!