Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Magnetism Exploration - Section 3: Active Engagement


In the first video of this section, you heard me having a conversation with a student that wondered how many magnets it would take to lift a ship.  Obviously, this is not a testable question in our classroom.  It would have been easy for me to just tell the student that her question was not what we were thinking about in our room, on this day.  However, I believe  that all students must feel respected and safe in their questioning in order to actually become scientist and creative thinkers. 

Therefore, I did not immediately refocus her.  I listened to her idea and explained we might not be able to find out the answer today. She then went as far as considering what it might take to find an answer.  I love this!  I know she is thinking scientifically, understanding constraints, and feels motivated to wonder. 

As we moved forward in the lesson, she was intrigued and continued to come up with questions that will drive her through future investigations. 

  Discussion as Validation
  Discourse and Questioning: Discussion as Validation
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Magnetism Exploration

Unit 8: Magnets
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to identify objects that are attracted or repelled by magnetism.

Big Idea: By third grade, students have had a lot of experiences with magnets in their lives. In this lesson, they will explore magnets and magnetism in order to develop a working understanding of the behavior of magnetic force.

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