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“Unorthodox” College Physics Class Wins Praise

Lilit Haroyan teaches physics in a way that some of her community college students find unorthodox.

Instead of sitting in a lecture class, her students experience physics through Reading Apprenticeship approaches, including lots of metacognitive conversation, collaborative inquiry, and supported in-class reading. They’re not complaining! A recent Physics 2B class of 26 students came up with 18 A’s, 4 B’s, 1 C, and 3 withdrawals.

As one student emailed his teacher, “Even from the unorthodox teaching method, I can definitely say I learned a GREAT deal, even more so than a regular lecture/chalk class!”

Lilit Haroyan is on the faculty at Los Angeles Mission College. She taught the Physics 2B class at Pasadena City College.

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