Selecting and developing activities(Suggestions)

Teacher Tip: Based on the Physics Narrative and the Teaching and Learning Issues

Ideas to emphasise here

  • the complete loop, working all together
  • something moving round, everywhere in the loop
  • build on the idea that something is used up as the battery flattens
  • relate your model of something moving around the loop to actions in adding elements to a loop
  • connect toolkits for thinking with physical experiences with circuits
  • Teacher Tip: Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.

    Strategies for supporting learning

  • draw out, and challenge wrong track thinking
  • link practical experiences to developing descriptions
  • let children use pictures, diagrams, physical actions and physical models as well as words to express themselves
  • develop a toolkit to support children's reasoning about circuits
  • allow children to question and explore different explanations
  • retain a focus on whole loops
  • link practical experiences to developing descriptions
  • relate children's pictures, diagrams, physical actions and physical models to what happens when real circuits are built
  • encourage children to reason about circuits, making and testing predictions
  • use large drawings of circuits to help relate the physical to the drawings
  • Teacher Tip: These are all related to findings about children's ideas from research. The teaching activities will provide some suggestions. So will colleagues, near and far.

    Avoid these

  • not challenging imprecise language, reasoning, diagramming
  • using sequential models, such as donation models
  • electrical energy
  • telling long stories about electrons in wires as just how it is
  • avoid sequential reasoning: first it leaves the battery, then it...
  • just stating what should have happened
  • relating ad-hoc rules as just how it is
  • not conflating homely analogies with ways of reasoning that can make predictions
  • Teacher Tip: These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.

    This is a nugget in the TA thread – connect all three threads from any link

    Physics Narrative (PN) Teaching & Learning Issues(TL) Teaching Approaches(TA)


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