Reflection: Debate Sources of Light - Section 3: Active Engagement


As a third grade teacher, I am always working with my class on having respectful conversations that drive us all towards more learning. We use talking moves, wait for a speaker to be done, add to thinking and accept that which may be different from our own. 

This is not an easy thing to do for most everyone, especially 8 and 9 year olds.   However, today, around a simple wondering from a student, a debate full of respect and evidence began.

It is during these moments, as teachers, that we need to stop and put our written objective aside for a time and let the students grow as a learning community. 

This debate was not part of my plan, but I saw an opportunity to let them grow as questioners and thinkers. 

It is always a balancing act-stay on topic, or get off and return quickly. It is tricky, but this conversation made my day and I know tomorrow will be a more rigorous lesson because of it. 

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Sources of Light

Unit 6: Light Energy
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to sort objects based on whether they produce light or do not produce light.

Big Idea: Light, as an energy source, can be confusing to students. It is something they "see" every day, but don't always realize it is an energy and that objects can produce this energy. Today, they will work to understand and explain these concepts.

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Science, Light, talking moves, light energy, light producers, scientific debate, reflection, shadow
  37 minutes
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