Teaching science always posed challenges for me as an instructor, as I had limited experience in practical engineering, but really wanted to inspire my students. This is probably the case for most elementary teachers. What I needed was confidence. We’ve designed this lesson plan to help build this sort of by encouraging instructors to let their learners discover theory and experiment on their own.
In my own teaching experience, I always tried to tie in tough concepts into other lessons I was teaching that day or week. This cross-curricular strategy made teaching things easier, as I knew I had a better grasp of the other subject I was teaching. For the inclined plane, we have provided an interactive lesson plan and a tip sheet that introduce Inclined Planes in conjunction with a number of other curriculum strands. With this, an instructor can take a concept such as the inclined plane and use it as the basic thread in more familiar subject areas.
For example, a subject such as an inclined plane can be applied to physical education. It’s a great way to introduce engineering education into a fun, competitive environment in which learners can experiment with and grasp basic scientific concepts.
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Matthew Dear is the Senior Curriculum Developer at Enable Education. Matt combines his extensive experience of creating diverse courses and course materials with a desire to promote new and exciting learning strategies. He also loves the Boston Red Sox, but don’t hold that against him.
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