Physics is a fascinating and interesting subject. A teacher needs to create a suitable ambience for learning. Einstein once remarked “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
The following considerations are likely to help any Physics teacher:
Introduce the topic by asking simple questions which are directly related to everyday observations or may arouse interest for learning of the topic e.g before teaching the topic on diffraction, the question :- ‘Why does the colour of the butterfly wing depend on the angle at which it is viewed’, may arouse interest for the topic amongst the learners.
Asking thought-provoking questions in the class and, in turn, encouraging the students to ask questions can keep them mentally alert resulting in better understanding of concepts.
Relating concepts to relevant daily life situations and practical applications may enable them appreciate and understand the subject better.
A reasonable knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and formulae from Algebra, Geometry and Trignometry is an essential prerequisite for learning of Physics. Remedial measures may be taken, if need be.
Physics is not just equations and relations. It is equally important to understand the physical significance of these relations.
Drawing of graphs and correct interpretation of graphs form an equally essential component of learning of Physics. This aspect deserves to find a suitable place and emphasis in classroom teaching.
Occasional demonstrations and asking students to perform activities would greatly enhance the depth of learning and understanding of concepts.
Theory and Practical work are two integral and complementary components of learning of Physics. The practical work deserves to be due emphasis and recognition.