What makes a great, or dare I say outstanding, science lesson? There is no single answer to this question and I don’t think research will ever identify the one pedagogical strategy that works, but there are a few general tools that we can chose from.
First, start with what you want your students to know and do. Introduce, build and apply. And, like any healthy diet, variety is the key and so use a range of pedagogies to teach your intended outcomes, reflect and then try again. Oh, and make sure the science remains at the forefront!
- Clearly defined lesson objectives
- The Do Now
- Check prior knowledge
- Challenge your students
- Use context
- Use questioning to probe understanding
- Challenge all students appropriately
- Use direct instruction to provide clear explanations
- Model abstract ideas in concrete ways
- Check for understanding – give and get feedback
- Troubleshooting – why did it go wrong?