Preparing to Teach

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In what ways have the subject matter research and concept interviews contributed to your thinking about supporting students' meaningful science learning and scientific inquiry?

The subject matter research and the concept interviews became the basis for the lessons that I will be teaching about magnets.  After completing the subject matter research, I saw the "big ideas" that I wanted my students to get out of the lessons.  These big ideas helped build the framework for each of my three lessons.  The concept interviews helped me see the main misconceptions that my students have about magnets.  This was crucial to my lesson planning because I was able to plan for more hands-on experiences in order for the kids to explore these misconceptions more.

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The subject matter research was also a very important part in preparing to teach because the knowledge I acquired during my research helped me feel more comfortable when it was time to work with my students.  Some of my students actually had quite a bit of prior knowledge and experience with magnets, so completing the subject matter research really kept me one step ahead of even those students.


A2 - This subject matter research and concept interview for my magnet lessons demonstrate how I use principles of learning and development, and understanding of learners and learner diversity during planning of instruction and assessment
because I needed to research the different misconceptions that my students had about magnets and their properties in order to keep our science lessons focused, relevant, and engaging. 

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Wonderful reflection on your concept interview and subject matter research. I agree that it's really important to know more about your topic than your students, if anything, it gives you more self confidence. I also thought that concept interview was a great indicator of where to start your lesson.

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