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Optional resources - Week 4

Here are some resources to help you develop your range of questioning techniques. Most of them can be found on the National STEM Learning Centre website. Sometimes registration is required to access specific files - this is quick and easy (and indicated below).

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College

There’s a lot here that you could try out. For example, have a look at:

  • Technique 2 – right is right
  • Technique 3 – stretch it
  • Technique 22 – Cold call

The book this is based on is Teach Like a Champion: 49 techniques that put students on the path to college by Doug Lemov (Jossey-Bass, 2010)

Concept Cartoons: Change of State and Insulation [Registration required]

Concept cartoons are a good way to promote group discussion, or you can use it as a hinge point question with students voting for the viewpoint they believe.

This concept cartoon explores student’s ideas about heat and insulation. A common misconception is that some materials have the property of making things warm. In this case because we have put coats on to keep warm there is a tendency to believe that the coat will also make the snowman warm so that it will melt quickly. In fact the coat acts as an insulator, reducing the movement of energy in either direction.

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Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

National STEM Learning Centre

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