Classroom Activity for 14-16
What the Activity is for
Select some questions that can be used to explore students' understandings of these rather difficult ideas. Because the shift from the idea that
force causes motion to
force causes a change in motion is hard, it's worth selecting questions that promote discussion of this very particular point.
There are many questions available on this topic, and in a variety of formats, from
discussion about instances, through
predict, observe, explain, to multiple choice in two and three step formats (first step – answer; second step – reason; third step – confidence). Many have been developed from research projects, and extensively trialled.
The questions should be selected to help learning, so for their formative value, rather than to make summative judgements.
What to Prepare
- printed copies of the questions
What Happens During this Activity
Students might be set some preparatory work, but the essence is to get a discussion going, and so allow space to fully explore the ideas. You'll need to create an environment where it's acceptable to make mistakes and engage in exploratory talk in order to ensure that they have got a grip on the ideas, and that you have the chance to find out where they are still uncertain.