Reflection: Trust and Respect Exploring Nuclear Energy - Section 1: Engage


For many middle schoolers, the concept of nuclear energy is very confusing for several reasons. There is little in their experience to connect to the concept of fission. The concept of an atom is somewhat new to my students and it is not wholly understood. I am building upon a weak understanding of an abstract concept. To help build understanding, I become flexible in my learning goals in the way I talk to my students.

After the first reading of the article, I say, "To whom does this sound like a bunch of science mumbo-jumbo?" Almost everyone raises their hands.  I have just expressed my understanding of the confusing nature of the reading. My next message, "I'll help you through it!" conveys to students that I am on their side.  I alleviate the anxiety of failure in two ways. I express that I understand it is hard and I tell them I will help. 

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Exploring Nuclear Energy

Unit 5: Exploring Non-Renewable Energy Sources
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: SWBAT explore fission and create a flow chart explaining the system of nuclear fission in a nuclear power plant.

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