Practitioners recommend carefully thinking through the model from the perspectives of your students, who may lack your prior understanding.

It’s helpful to test the model to ensure that it correctly models the concept you wish to explore.  The goal is to ensure that the model can’t be manipulated in a way that might yield confusion about the course concept.

It is beneficial to structure and guide students’ use of the model so that they are more likely to reach the appropriate conclusions.

Professor Wilder demonstrates the importance of ensuring that the modeling activity is worth the time investment.  The ultimate goal is always learning, not entertainment.