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College Professor David Wright Goes Viral for Teaching Physics Using Unconventional Methods

Olawale Ogunjimi
Dec 21, 2019
06:30 P.M.
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A video collage of a college professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons has gone viral on social media after one of his students posted it on Twitter.

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Professor David Wright loves to be innovative in the way he teaches his students. While other professors may want to go traditional with their lectures, David goes a long way to keep his students engaged in his classes.

The 69-year-old Professor, who has been teaching at Tidewater Community College since 1974, is always in the habit of visually demonstrating his lessons to his students in class.

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

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Some of those demonstrations include him lying on a bed of nails, setting things on fire, walking on glass, and many more, just in a bid to ensure that his students get the concepts he is teaching them.

Those students do appreciate him, as seen with the video one of them posted on Twitter, which showed the Professor during some of his classes. The video tweet by the student, Erica Church, was captioned thus:

"Y'all need to see this video collage of all the crazy things my Physics Professor did this semester[emoji]. He's in his 70s and is still doing all of this for us [emoji]."

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

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Erica, 18, and her friend, 19-year-old Kierra Brothers, had been left amazed by the Professor's way of teaching that they began recording him during his demonstrations in class.

The Professor spoke to PEOPLE and said that his students have been filming his lessons for many years now, but that this is the first time he would have many people watching him. He said:

"This is a class that's millions! That's kind of cool to get the word out about Physics. I'm just excited."

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

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The Professor also added that he has developed his method of teaching over the years by reading journals, books, the internet, and attending conferences and that he is always excited to find new ways to engage with his students.

Kathryn further said that she got the idea to do a syllabus song after she served as a maid of honor at two weddings, where she sang her toast to the newlyweds.

Another teacher video that went viral three years ago is that of a Michigan teacher, Kathryn Wippel, who found a way to make syllabus week fun by changing lyrics of popular pop songs to reflect classroom policies.

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

Professor, David Wright, teaching his students Physics by demonstrating his lessons | Photo: Twitter/@it'sErica

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Kathryn felt that by singing, she would help her students loosen up on the first day, adding that she felt it would be more fun singing a song to them rather than talking about the syllabus for hours.

Kathryn further said that she got the idea to do a syllabus song after she served as a maid of honor at two weddings, where she sang her toast to the newlyweds.

It is good to see teachers adopting unconventional means to engage their students in the class—learning is fun!

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