A great homework idea-kids teaching parents
So this idea came across the twitter nets in the last #scichat, from Eric Brunsell
Well, #scichat is already a success for me — great HW idea via @gardenglen and @Becky_Ellis_ (reteaching to parents)!
@gcschmit two if the ideas tonight might fit well — have students (1) teach parents (2) stump the teacher #scichat
Teach parents?! What a great idea! So here what should be a fun homework assignment. But I want to expand it a bit to teach an adult, not necessarily a parent. Note, as a former boarding school teacher, who saw his students thrive in incredible ways without needing parents to sign every permission slip, check over every bit of homework, and or proofread each college essay, I’m normally somewhat averse to this type of assignment, since many of the children I teach suffer from the classic “helicopter parent” syndrome. But I see this as a different, and possibly helping my students to show their parents just how much responsibility they are taking for their learning.
So the general idea is to give kids a topic on which to teach an adult, and then give them a quiz they can use to see how well their “students” understand the topic.
Here’s my first thought for an assignment of this nature.
- Have kids and parents watch this video
- Now have student explain to parent the physics of why the fire/water sculpture thing did not move. Free body diagrams are encouraged.
- Quiz: Watch this video
Complete these questions:
- Explain why the shopping carts do not stay inside the truck.
- Draw free body diagrams for carts and the truck.
- Explain how closing the back gate of the truck might have prevented this accident (assume the gate flips up from the bottom).