Friday, July 8, 2016

15 Lesson Implementation Principles Refined thanks to PHeT

Lesson Design Guidelines by PHeT.

These guidelines can be thought of as 'principles' in the words of http://www.manukapur.com/ as productive failure design aiming for maximize learning in the longer term http://www.manukapur.com/pf/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Designing-for-Productive-Failure.pdf page 48.

I typed these guidelines out for the benefit of anyone interested.

Lesson Design Guidelines by PHeT.


  1. Identify your Standards and Objectives
  2. Make use of the Sim Features
  3. Keep the worksheet short
  4. Begin with Open Play
  5. Avoid explicit instruction
  6. Use open-ended questions and challenges
  7. scaffold instruction with concept tables
  8. chunk the activity
  9. review

My Own Lesson Implementation Design Principles-Guidelines are available here.

  1. No password, no login to the Sim, Download and Use
  2. Flipped classroom using 
    1. Sim as Pre-Lab activities (simpler tasks)
    2. short video tutorial as instructional materials
  3. Relate to real life using real demonstration set
  4. Sim need to be well design and customized by teachers thus open source physics rocks!
  5. Teacher need to be skillful and knows well what the Sim can do
  6. Activity worksheet and participation structure need to guide inquiry, not to structured (filled blanks) nor to open (wandering without purpose, lost!)  
  7. Keep the students interactive engaged
  8. Balance student centred (student control high for productive failure, longer-term gains in performance ) and teacher centred (teacher directed for productive success, short term gains in performance )
  9. Worksheet works (see PheT design guidelines) and Google site works (for anytime student revision and teacher constant improvement of lessons)
  10. students need to explore on their own, like scientists, ask questions, engage in evidence based discussions


PHeT's Lesson Design Guidelines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsdSiyytv5E&feature=youtu.be







http://www.manukapur.com/pf/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Designing-for-Productive-Failure.pdf Page 65

The combined Lesson Implementation Principles Refined thanks to PHeT:


  1. No password, no login to the Simulation, Download and Use
  2. Identify your Standards and Objectives and make use of the Simulation Features
  3. Need end-to-end integration of simulations-use in lectures, tutorial questions and computer laboratory instead of only labs.
  4. Flipped classroom using 
    1. Simulation, as Pre-Lab activities (simpler tasks)
    2. Short video tutorial as instructional materials
  5. Relate to real life using real demonstration set
  6. Simulation, need to be well design and customized by teachers thus open source physics rocks!
  7. Teacher need to demo how to use the Simulation, in the beginning of face to face classroom vs Begin with Open Play
  8. Teacher need to be skillful and knows well what the Simulation, can do
  9. Activity worksheet (Keep the worksheet short, scaffold instruction with concept tables, chunk the activity) and participation structure need to guide inquiry, not to structured (filled blanks, Avoid explicit instruction) nor too open (wandering without purpose, lost!)  
  10. Keep the students interactively engaged
  11. Balance student centered (student control high for productive failure, longer-term gains in performance ) and teacher centered (teacher directed for productive success, short term gains in performance )
  12. Worksheet works (see PheT design guidelines) and Google site works (for anytime student revision and teacher constant improvement of lessons)
  13. students need to explore on their own, like scientists, ask questions, engage in evidence based discussions
  14. Set open-ended questions and challenges in the end of the worksheet to allow high ability students to be stretched academically.
  15. Teacher need to inspire, excite and review what the students learnt.