|1||General principles of teaching|
|2||Teaching equations|| |
Miller, George A. "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information." Psychological Review 63 (1956): 81-97.
Parts I and III are required. Part II is optional.
Benezet, L. P. "The Teaching of Arithmetic I: The Story of an Experiment." Journal of the National Education 24, no. 8 (November 1935): 241-244. (PDF)
———. "The Teaching of Arithmetic II: The Story of an Experiment." Journal of the National Education 24, no. 9 (December 1935): 301-303. (PDF)
———. "The Teaching of Arithmetic III: The Story of an Experiment." Journal of the National Education 25, no. 1 (January 1936): 7-8. (PDF)
|3||Taking account of misconceptions; avoid rote learning|| |
Rote learning and misconceptions in mathematics
Ma, Liping. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the United States. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1999, Introduction, chapters 3 and 5. ISBN: 9780805829099.
Probability and statistics
Gigerenzer, Greg, Wolfgang Gaissmaier, Elke Kurz-Milcke, Lisa M. Schwartz, and Steven Woloshin. "Helping Doctors and Patients Make Sense of Health Statistics." Psychological Science in the Public Interest 8, no. 2 (November 2007): 53-96.
Reif, Frederick. "Millikan Lecture 1994: Understanding and Teaching Important Scientific Thought Processes." American Journal of Physics 63, no. 1 (January 1995): 17-32.
|4||Designing homework and exam problems|| |
The problem with problems (to be read after class)
Mazur, Eric. "The Problem with Problems." Optics and Photonics News (June 1996): 59-60.
|5||Course design|| |
They're not dumb, they're different
Middlebrook, R. David. "Methods of Design-Oriented Analysis: Low Entropy Expressions." In New Approaches to Undergraduate Education IV, Santa Barbara, July 26-31, 1992 Conference Proceedings. Santa Barbara, CA, 1992.
Wiggins, Grant P., and Jay McTighe. Understanding by Design. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998, pp. 5-7, 13-16, 18-19, 22, 38-55, 146, 151, 189-190, and 257. ISBN: 9780871203137.
|6||Teaching interactively in large and small groups|| |
The 2 sigma problem
Bloom, Benjamin S. "The 2 Sigma Problem: The Search for Methods of Group Instruction as Effective as One-to-One Tutoring." Educational Researcher 13, no. 6 (June-July 1984): 4-16.
Taylor, Edwin. "Guest Comment: Only the Student Knows." American Journal of Physics 60, no. 3 (March 1992): 201-202.
Morrison, Robert T. "The Lecture System in Teaching Science." Undergraduate Education in Chemistry and Physics (October 18-19, 1985): 50-58.
|7||Lecture planning and performing|| |
Walter Lewin teaching physics
8.01 lectures are required; 8.02 lectures are optional.
8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 19998.02 Electricity and Magnetism, Spring 2002
|8||Teaching with blackboards and slides|| |
Edward Tufte's analysis of powerpoint-based communication
Jean-Luc doumont on slides
Doumont, Jean-Luc. "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Slides Are Not All Evil." Technical Communication-Humanities Module 52, no. 1 (February 2005): 64-70.
|9||Political barriers to educational change|| |
Tactics for change
Halfman, Robert L., M. L. A. MacVicar, W. T. Martin, Edwin F. Taylor, and Jerrold R. Zacharias. "Tactics for Change." Occasional Paper No. 11 of the Education Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972. (PDF)
Education and the rise of the corporate state
Schooled to order
Only for my kid
Kohn, Alfie. "Only for My Kid: How Privileged Parents Undermine School Reform." Phi Delta Kappan 79, no. 8 (April 1998): 568-577.
Kohn, Alfie. "The Case Against Competition." Working Mother, September 1987.
|10||Course summary and your questions|