Reflection: Heat Transfer in Architecture - Section 2: Explore


I teach 8th grade. I have taught the 7th grade units in the past and I have mentored the 7th grade teachers. This is a good thing and a bad thing because I know the activities the students have had and I assume they will know a concept. I had a class this year in which my assumption was completely wrong. I know all 7th graders were taught, tested, and investigated heat transfer with a solar oven activity. In the lesson when I asked about heat transfer, all was good. Table groups came up with "Conduction, Convection, Radiation!" and then it stopped. "What activity did you do last year?" Nothing. "Who made a solar oven?"  No one. "Remember when you went outside with all the tin foil?" There was a little recognition but it was clear I had to stop and reteach heat transfers. 

I continued with my Circle Review strategy to pre-assess the concepts. After one round on all of the words, it was clear that none of the 27 students remembered anything. 

It was time to start over. I had to use my Flexible Lesson strategy. I had to teach Heat Transfer. Honestly, I knew this might happen so I have a heat transfer lesson all ready to go. 

  Review, Really????
  Review, Really????
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Heat Transfer in Architecture

Unit 6: Designing for the Future: Eco Friendly Building
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT draw how heat transfers have an impact on home heating and cooling.

Big Idea: Why do eco-friendly products help homes? Students explore how homes are heated and what compromises the efficiency of energy transfer.

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