Brain imaging study finds that teaching maths to less anxious students helps!

This is super research and fits in with what I see daily in Physics.

The idea that if you are stressed you do worse at the mathematics components I think it’s key for Physics. This is why for nearly all my work I give full answers in printed or electronic form and allow my students to read what they want at their own pace.  I avoid excessive questioning in front of the class and make it low stakes.

If you are learning through written questions or works well. a most pupils then slowly learn without stress at their own pace.

I think we all need to move to this type of work and forget a lot of what has gone on for many years. If you want to pressure a pupil give them a proper test in exam conditions. This of course has it place too, but in the classroom normally, Physics is about practice and not stress!

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