Reflection: Continuous Assessment Parallel Circuits Day 2 - Section 2: Mini Lesson


The use of the whiteboards today was very intentional. As we all know, using whiteboards for responses elicits thinking and responsibility from all students. It also allows teachers to ask questions and have all students respond at one time!

This is an excellent strategy to use when you want to quickly assess student's understanding at any given moment and teach an "on demand" mini lesson or create a scaffolded question and discussion lesson. 

As my students drew and shared, not only were they able to see 25 other ideas all at once, I was able to scan the room and assess who need me to review and how many students were ready to be enriched. 

Using the whiteboards in this way arms me with information within 3 minutes and I am able to structure my circulating and questioning strategy efficiently and strategically. 

  Why Whiteboards?
  Continuous Assessment: Why Whiteboards?
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Parallel Circuits Day 2

Unit 9: Electricity
Lesson 9 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, series circuits, Circuits, parallel circuit, conductors, insulators
  35 minutes
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