Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Nuclear Science Talks - Section 6: Debrief


Teaching is a craft. I never knew that when I first started teaching, but I have come to appreciate this basic fact of teaching with every passing year. I have worked with colleagues on this nuclear unit for the past four years—and, like any craftsman, I am still polishing my craft.

Here are some things I want to do better next year. First, I want to help students more clearly see the benefits of nuclear energy by employing resources from the U.S. Department of Energy and the nuclear industry. More research focused on the problems of the nuclear industry, and this came at the expense of the strong arguments that can be made for nuclear power. I want a more balanced approach.

Secondly, I would like to conduct some case studies of nuclear power plants where we use the vocabulary earlier on so that when students are doing their research and they run across their vocabulary words or the ideas represented by those words, they will recognize the relevance of the ideas to their topics.

With that said, I do feel that students learned a good deal about nuclear power and the underlying nuclear chemistry. I think many students actually feel passionate about what they learned, and so, like a good craftsman, I can stand back and enjoy my work even as I plan for the next rendition. Getting really good at any craft takes time, and patience.

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Nuclear Science Talks

Unit 9: Nuclear Chemistry
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to use nuclear chemistry vocabulary in the context of their research.

Big Idea: Applying words to specific contexts like nuclear research is a good test of a student's understanding.

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