Following a hilarious staffroom conversation about our biggest whiteboard errors in front of a class, I thought I’d write my list of biggest whiteboard mistakes a new physics teacher should avoid:
- Think carefully before you draw a rocket. Especially if you are adding two fins to the bottom.
- Similar care must be taken with trying to show the difference between orbits of a comet and an asteroid. Consider the angle of the highly elliptical orbit.
- Seriously, about 50% of the things you draw will just look like a penis.
- Write analogue quickly.
- and don’t abbreviate it.
- Think about what an oxygen molecule might look like if you draw the atoms as circles and add an O label to the centre.
- Most diagrams can just be a rectangle with a stick person. Maybe add a label.
- A skydiving stick person is actually quite difficult to draw.
- If you manage an elaborate, non penis shaped drawing, don’t expect high praise from your class. Students are harsh critics.
I’m sure there’s many more…