Reflection: Backwards Planning Investigating Photosynthesis with Algae (Part 1/2) - Section 2: Hook/Check for Understanding


I use a number of  tools  to determine the types of misconceptions my students might have and how to write my lessons so as to dispel the misconceptions naturally.

The first tool I use are misconception probes.  These are excellent tools because they force students to commit to an explanation of a scientific concept and then we revisit it later in the lesson to determine if their reasoning has changed. You can find out more about these misconception probes by visiting Page Keeley's Uncovering Student Ideas website

The other resource I use is the assessment tools from AAAS' The 2061 Project. This site explains common misconceptions and naive thinking that students hold.  They also allow educators to design assessment by which to test their students' understanding.  I find it a very valuable resource and I read it before I start any new topic so I can design my lessons to address common misconceptions immediately.  

  Backwards Planning: Addressing Misconceptions Before the Lesson Begins
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Investigating Photosynthesis with Algae (Part 1/2)

Unit 7: Photosynthesis
Lesson 1 of 4

Objective: Students will explore the function of the chloroplast during the light reaction.

Big Idea: What a bright idea! Light energy is trapped and converted into chemical energy during photosynthesis.

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Photosynthesis, Science, Chemical Energy, light energy, Developing and Using Models, Energy and Matter, Energy and Matter
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