Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Responsive teaching refers to practices of attending and responding to the substance of students' thinking. The instructor's next move decisions during class are based mainly on the students' ideas that emerge, but informed by some specific learning goals. The website includes many examples of how this plays out in elementary classrooms, particularly grades 2-5.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Middle School, Elementary School
Can be adapted for: Any
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon
Can be adapted for: Recitation/Discussion Session, Lab, Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical, Astronomy, Other Science, Pedagogy
Instructor Effort High
Resource Needs Lab equipment for student use - simple
Skills Designed for: CreativityReferences coming soon, AutonomyReferences coming soon, Think like a scientist, Self-confidence around physics
Can be adapted for: Enjoyment of physicsReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learning, Designing experiments
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, teaching of science
Demonstrated to improve: beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon, metacognitive skillsReferences coming soon, classroom discourse
Studied using: classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, SCALE-UP, Modeling, SDI Labs, ISLE, Thinking Problems, LA Program, MBL, CPU, SCL, TEFA, Energy Project, SGSI, Paradigms, Clickers
Similar Methods Energy Project, SGSI
Developer(s) Fred Goldberg, Sharon Bendall, Mike McKean, and Jennifer Radoff
Website http://cipstrends.sdsu.edu/responsiveteaching