The Doppler effect is a change in observed frequency due to a relative motion between observer and the source.The following day, I had a Doppler test applied to my neck. Today we followed up by discussing the principles behind a radar gun and how it calculates speed of a moving car.
This all has reminded me of how important it is for our students to truly see the application of what they learn in the real world. This is why we as educators at TBS make sure that students are able to experience what they learn and to truly see how Science, Mathematics, History or Art find their reflection in the world that surrounds them. It is an experience of connecting the wires, mixing chemicals, drawing a curve, visiting a museum, doing field work in the woods that provides more learning outcomes that just reading about it all in the book.
Such a hands-on approach to teaching and learning allows students to develop curiosity about things they see every day and to become inquirers about their meaning. It is having students asking questions why and how, that is far more important than just providing the answers.
Dr Jacek Latkowski