Reflection: Intervention and Extension Parallel Circuits Day 1 - Section 3: Active Engagement


I have always found that my best, and strongest strategy in working with students at all levels, is my ability to ask probing questions. It is a strategy that takes practice and patience, but the pay off is incredible. 

I work hard to really listen to what the students are saying, not to judge their knowledge, but to understand their knowledge. I listen to determine misconceptions, or to find a portal for enrichment. 

Following my listening, I try to always ask a question.  In my past, I would check in, see if the task was being completed, and assess their ability.  Now I engage in learning with the students, asking questions that will cause them to think more deeply, about something different, or to engage in revising what they are doing. 

Probing questions not only engage the students, cause them to think more deeply, and redirect their work, it also keeps me highly engaged and more aware of their real understanding. 

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Parallel Circuits Day 1

Unit 9: Electricity
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to create a parallel circuit using prior knowledge about the flow of electricity.

Big Idea: Students have been building series circuits all along, without it being defined as such. They now have enough working information to define series and parallel circuits and build both.

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Science, Electricity, Circuits, parallel circuits, series circuits, conductors, insulators
  35 minutes
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