Teaching Energy in Middle School Science

Grade Levels: 6-6

Participants explore common student misconceptions and key content associated with teaching energy. They will hear Paul Zitzewitz, Ph.D. discuss why this topic is so difficult for students, and observe a model classroom teacher as she uses effective strategies for teaching energy. They will also analyze student work and suggest appropriate interventions and develop a lesson plan for teaching this similar content. Purchase price for this online product includes one year of access to the module.

Teaching Energy in Middle School Science

During this course, participants explore common student misconceptions and key content associated with teaching energy. They watch video commentary by Paul Zitzewitz, Ph.D., and watch a model classroom lesson on this topic. They analyze student work, complete several other online activities, and develop a lesson plan for teaching this or similar content.

Objectives:

  • Review and expand understanding of energy concepts in Middle School.
  • Analyze instructional strategies to address energy misconceptions.
  • Create a lesson plan for teaching energy.

RttT/SIG Assurances covered:

  • Great Teachers and Leaders
  • Turning Around the Lowest Performing Schools


Audience: Building Administrators, Coaches, and Teachers

Number of Participants: 1

Delivery Method: Online

Time: 3 to 5 hours


Paul Zitzewitz, Ph.D., is a Harvard University graduate and Professor of Physics and Science Education Emeritus at University of Michigan. He is also the principal author of highly acclaimed and widely adopted high school physics texts and is a long-time member and supporter of American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).