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- a brief note on developing habit through pedogogy of physics

this is something i work very hard to do - using the latest cOgNiTiVe ScIeNcE - habits reduce cognitive load and so free up working memory to attend to new things. thus the more things that can be shifted to habitual automaticity the more anyone can attend to novel things. for instance take this high-load GCSE question:

*the base of a pillar of wood has a radius of 20cm. This exerts a pressure of 7.3x10^3kPa on the ground. Calculate the mass of the pillar.*Lets look at what the student has to do:

1. Recall the pressure equation P = F/A

2. Convert 20cm to m.

3. Recall the area of a circle: A = πr^2

4. Apply this equation to calculate the area of contact of the pillar.

5. Notice and understand how to convert and then convert 7.3x10^3kPa to Pa

6. Understand the concept of standard form.

7. Know how to use standard form on their calculator including what buttons specifically to press.

8. Substitute into P = F/A

9. Rearrange to PA = F

10. Calculate

11. Append correct units: Newtons

12. Recall W = mg

13. Recall the value of g on the surface of the Earth: 9.8N/kg

14. Substitute and rearange.

15. Calculate m.

16. Apply correct units: kg.

now that may be easy for you or i (notice please subtle neg of my readers) but the reason for this is that almost all of that is automatic recall: the equations, the conversions, the units, simple algebraic rearranging. Even if we didn't know one or two things, someone could teach us them and we could apply prior knowledge.

But that automaticity has to be built, it comes from memorisation which comes from practice. imagine needing to: look up your equations on a table, consult a conversions table, read what pressure is, struggle to remember how to do standard form on a calculator etc etc. That is why I am very keen on modelling calculations with consistency:

Equation

Variables

Conversions

Substitutions

Rearange

Calculate

Units

Over and over until you can do most of it without thinking. And to aid that, I do the same, when I calculate I do it exactly like that, no matter how tedious it might seem I always do it the same - consistency. because thats what a good role model does. So thats why when students ask me do they need to show their workings I always say that it makes things easier in the long run and if you dont you will be writing out your workings at break. - tears posted in Let's read: Capital (31 posts)
*proceduraldialectics posted:*Hey everyone! Thought I'd give an update: my reading group has actually continued to meet every week without fail since we started on volume 1 and has since read through all 3 volumes of capital, plus a bunch of other classic Marx Engels Lenin Mao stuff and also various other marxists. It's going strong and is also pretty multi-generational which is cool! Tomorrow we're getting started on Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat.

Sorry for dropping the ball on this thread and the detailed notes 2 years ago but getting around to doing Settlers with the group reminded me of it and I thought the rhizzone people would appreciate getting an update.

Thank you for readsettlers.org

i think this is probably one of the best posts on this website