Gun and Drew: Leveraging Veritasium’s Video to Improve Our Discussions
We got a lot of leverage in the Teaching of Physics out of watching this new Veritasium clip, “The science of thinking…”
First, “Gun” and “Drew” are great shorthands, and the examples in the video make it easy to relate to. (It actually reminded me of Liza and Ellen from this lesson and this revision as shorthands, although in a different way). The humor embedded in the video, together with these shorthands, allowed us in class to be more jokey about our thinking and who was behind it. Knowing that we all have a Gun and a Drew made it fun to share what Gun and Drew were thinking, rather than embarrassing to be wrong. It almost, depersonalized our thoughts… as if we were sharing the thoughts of the different characters in our mind, rather than sharing our “real thinking” (whatever that means).
Second, it helped us to value each other’s pauses and to honor wait time (it was evidence that the person was letting Drew do the hard work he was meant to do). I have one student is often apologizing for being a “slow thinker”, and this video helped her (and us) to see this slow thinking as exactly what you are supposed to be doing.
I’m thinking of showing it in my regular physics class…