Reflection: Routines and Procedures Force & Motion - The Basics Net Force - Section 3: Students in Action


Throughout their investigations students are asked to collect observations and use the information collected to make conclusions building upon their experiences to develop habits and skills leading towards independent explorations.

Students are held accountable by recoding data as they interact with the simulation. 

As I circulation around the room, I ask students to share the data they have collected so far in their exploration. 

It is important that students are reflecting upon the data as they are collecting it. They should not just be copying screen data but thinking about what it means.

By walking around and interacting with students, asking questions about their data, I am modeling metacognitive thinking - what should students be thinking about as they answer the questions?Students know that I will be around to ask questions. What do you think this means? Why is this data important? What patterns do you see as you are recording your answers?

They first few lessons of the year, students are developing their responses as we talk. The questions are modeling the thinking students should be engaged in as they work through the lesson.

Later in the year students are anticipating that I will ask questions so they are prepared. They have begun to practice metacognitive thinking knowing that they are responsible for answers beyond just recording data. Metacognitive thinking should be a habit when students are working. Modeling the questioning with each lesson develops the habit through practice as they anticipate questions.

Asking questions of individual or small groups of students is a strategy that holds all students accountable. Students who are reluctant to answer questions in a whole class discussion are much more willing to check their understanding by answering questions in a small group setting. Students who need more processing time to make sense of the lesson are not cut short by someone else telling them what to see as they might be in a whole class discussion.

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Force & Motion - The Basics Net Force

Unit 6: Energy, Force & Motion
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe force as an interaction of pushes and pulls between objects.

Big Idea: What forces are at work when objects move?

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