Reflection: Perseverance Light A Bulb - Section 2: Independent Practice


The circuit building activity that comprises the bulk of this lesson can be a challenge for students and, oftentimes, students experience frustration after their initial attempts at circuit building prove unsuccessful. To combat this phenomenon, when I see student frustration beginning to build, I bring the class together for a discussion about perseverance. I speak with the students about the work of scientists and how each failure provides a scientist with new information that they can use to refine their procedures and create a more successful product in the future. I explain to my students the importance of recording each attempt at circuit building on the lab record sheet so that they can learn from each attempt and show their problem solving process. I also inform students that it is perfectly natural to feel badly when a problem is difficult and multiple attempts have not worked in the intended manner. Acknowledging the students' feelings, sharing the experiences of past classes, and discussing the potential advantages to making multiple attempts to solve a problem usually enables students to reengage with the task with a renewed sense of purpose. When students are able to successfully light the bulb, they are elated. This can be a great opportunity to encourage students to reflect on problem-solving and their own feelings as they engaged in each step of the process.

Another great resource is this video of MIT students unable to complete the same task.

  Modeling Perseverance
  Perseverance: Modeling Perseverance
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Light A Bulb

Unit 2: Electricity
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT to create a complete circuit using a battery, bulb, and wire and describe the movement of energy in the circuit.

Big Idea: Electricity can move in a complete circuit.

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