Reflection: Accountability Eliciting Student Ideas: What is Heat? What is Temperature? - Section 3: Engage


One of the things I value most in my job is hearing from each of my students, their perspectives and ideas on science phenomena. As we all know it can be difficult to get students to contribute in class at times. Over the years I have this method to provide consistent results in getting every student to activate their prior knowledge, put those ideas down on paper, communicate those in a safe environment with a few people, create collective understanding with a small group, and then synthesize that two large group understanding for our class.

I look at this as an entry point of learning, not the ending. As we develop understanding through labs and investigations, readings and videos, we go back to our initial ideas to look for how and where our thinking has changed. In this way students own their learning. No longer is this work they are doing for the teacher. Rather it is learning they have earned by developing skills of an independent and critical thinker.

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Eliciting Student Ideas: What is Heat? What is Temperature?

Unit 1: Heat Transfer and Interactions of Matter
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT will be able to describe their initial ideas of what heat energy and temperature are and how they are related to the kinetic movement of molecules.

Big Idea: Need a lesson to find out your students ideas about heat and temperature before digging into content? This is the one.

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