Thinking about actions to take(Suggestions)

There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:

Try these

  • work with an awareness that the majority of experiences that most students have to guide their ideas are based on the classroom
  • focus on power and not on energy
  • distinguish clearly between energy in stores (joule) and power in pathways (watt)
  • work in the present tense What's happening now whilst the circuit loop is complete
  • use the circuit loop as a unit of explanation, prediction and analysis
  • emphasise that (dissipative) electrical potential differences in a circuit depend on a complete loop
  • 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.

    Avoid these

  • electrical energy
  • sequential analogies of the working of electric circuits
  • ad-hoc algorithms for calculating and predicting
  • conflating gravitational potential difference with electrical potential difference
  • 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.

    Prepare for teaching across the topic using these links

    topic kitset topic path core ideas (topic) decisions to make (topic) suggestions (for the topic) topic issues

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

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


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