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How To Teach Physics?

how to teach physics science teacher

There is a famous quote and many attribute it to Professor Walter Lewin, "If you hate physics, you have learned it from the wrong teacher." That has to be the case because physics is a beautiful subject, apparent and applicable in day-to-day life.

So in this post, you will learn IRADE technique which is a method to teach physics by taking multiple approaches. It is based on Feynman's philosophy, "The best way to teach is to be very chaotic, in the sense, that you use every possible way of doing it."


Narrate the history of the concept in a story-like format and make use of comedy whenever possible. This will peak the interest of your students. Then, define the concept with a bookish definition along with the equation associated with that concept.


Give at least four real-world examples of the concept. For example, suppose you are teaching the third law of motion. It is visible in many instances of life, such as, in walking, jumping, swimming, recoiling of gun, rocket propulsion, etc.

how to teach physics science teacher

This is important step because otherwise their understanding is merely bookish, that is, robotic in some sense.


Solve at least three numerical problems from the textbook. From the beginner level to advanced. Make sure that students understand the approach. Accept questions from students if they have any doubts.


Visual demos are necessary for science teaching because they implant the concept in the mind of the learner. In the case of third law of motion, you could use balloon in a controlled propulsion activity.

how to teach physics science teacher

There is always at least one experiment for each physics concept. Think of it on your own or look it up on the web.


At last, test their knowledge. But, make it interesting: a quiz contest is fun way to do so. You could group the students into teams and even give incentive to the winner. Test your students more formally once this is done.

Summing up

Teaching is a noble profession but half-hearted teaching is a crime. By using IRADE technique, any science teacher can become a rockstar. More importantly, learning will become fun for students not boring like it used to be. So please share this post with fellow teachers.

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