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Friends and Family Assignments

Friends and family assignments were first implemented by a graduate teaching assistant to promote real science teaching experiences. These assignments require students to take what they have begun to learn in Physics 111 and teach it to others. Sometimes the students are asked to teach their peers or parents, but they are always encouraged to find children to teach science to. Depending on the type of assignment, students may be asked to interview their friends and family members, conduct experiments or activities, and/or explain science concepts into easy to understand pieces for their friends and family members. By breaking down science concepts and activities and sharing them with friends and family, the students in Physics 111 get the opportunity to solidify the knowledge that they have attained in class. In this way, teaching becomes a process of solidifying one's own knowledge, as well as teaching others.

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