Thinking about actions to take: Earth-Moon-Sun
Teaching Guidance for 11-14
There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:
- teaching a sequence determined by the complexity of model explaining the illumination
- relating your models to observations that the children make, both inside and outside the laboratory
- paying attention to the issue of relative scale in your depictions
- ensuring that the phenomena to be modelled are well characterised before the modelling starts
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.
- assuming that the models are obvious
- building models without the physical experiences that make them seem real
runningthe models once they are built, so that you can show how they work
- not relating the models back to the observations
These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.