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College of Education

Student-created lessons address

common science misconceptions

What are some of the more common misconceptions about how the world works, and how can they be explained scientifically?

Students in secondary education faculty member Andrea Burrows’ “Science Methods I” class had a chance to create rich learning experiences during a multi-part assignment this fall.

Class members had a three-part task - create two hands-on science assignments. Each student had to:

  • Construct two learning center boards that sparked student understanding common science misconceptions, with manipulatives (using materials easily found by students), that are grade-level/standard appropriate.
  • Write a 250-word explanation of each learning center, describing how it could be used in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics classes (and how they might fit in other class settings, e.g., language arts or social studies).
  • Connect each learning center meets one or more state and national science education standards.

In the following videos, several students from the class describe the lessons they created for the assignment.

Jennifer Anderson

 

Matthew Clark

 

Dylan Crossland

 

Marilyn Detillion

 

Jared Krysl

 

Leon Miller

 

Jeslyn Sorensen

 

Brandy Talbot

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