Course: Planning the Heart of a Physics Lesson (Part I)
How does a teacher truly "dig deep" and plan for a meaningful, inspiring physics lesson in which students are making connections and forming correct physics conceptions during class? One big answer to this question is through discourse. When a teacher purposefully plans for a lesson to include meaningful discourse between herself and her students and also between the students themselves, an entirely different level of learning can occur during a physics lesson. Objectives: 1. Why include discourse in a physics lesson? 2. How is discourse connected to engagement and learning? 3. What are strategies for planning lessons that include extensive discourse? 4. How can a teacher up the rigor by infusing more effective discourse pieces in the lesson that get at the heart of physics while also getting students excited?