Electrical Circuit
Electricity and Magnetism

Thinking about actions to take: Adding Elements to Circuits

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

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

Try these

  • thinking about electrical loops
  • linking what you do in setting up a loop to your reasoning about the circuit
  • using model to mean a toolkit for thinking with that is capable of generating predictions
  • reasoning about electrical loops as complete systems
  • reasoning about parallel circuits as two complete loops
  • being consistent in how you draw 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.

Avoid these

  • using sequential models, such as donation models
  • conflating energy shifting and charge flowing
  • electrical energy

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.

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