Fired up about Energy

Pupils often inadvertently develop misconceptions due to assumptions made during instruction. A video presentation from the Good Thinking PD series describes how misconceptions about the transfer and conservation of energy occur. By analyzing video examples, teachers learn how imprecise language leads to misunderstandings and how questioning helps identify which misunderstandings young scientists possess.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate in collaborative meetings prior to teaching energy concepts
  • Show the video to pupils to spark discussion of common misconceptions
Classroom Considerations
  • Appropriate for different levels of science instruction
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Pros
  • Offers links to research for follow-up exploration
  • Includes a discussion guide with leading questions
Cons
  • None