Reflection: Discourse and Questioning The Lightbulb Just Went On! - Section 2: Turning Them Loose


The two boys who were feverishly trying to get their bulb to light up were struggling beautifully. There was patience and sharing going on. You can hear the tone of frustration in the voice of the student who is talking. When I hear that tone, I know that I need to intercede with support. I used questioning first to derive what they already knew. I realized at that point that they hadn't considered the flow or how the batter worked, even though we had discussed negative and positive charges on magnets. They didn't connect the idea, or there was a big possibility they weren't listening to me because of being anxious to tinker with the materials. After they were successful, I asked them more questions about their thinking. They could show me at that point that they understood. We see the same student explaining it beautifully in our "What did I learn?" time. 

Wow. I love it. This is what it is all about. Enjoy!

  Handling Struggle Effectively
  Discourse and Questioning: Handling Struggle Effectively
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The Lightbulb Just Went On!

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: Students discover how electricity can be converted to light energy.

Big Idea: Turn your students loose using batteries and lightbulbs so they totally explore how they can light the bulb using engineering practices and discovery.

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Science, Sound, Light, light wave, circuit, light energy, electrical energy, student driven investigation, Engineering Practices, KLEWS chart, reflection, eye, kaleidoscope
  55 minutes
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