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Devising a question to check understanding

While you were watching the three practicals in the previous steps, you considered the misconceptions which students might have. The practicals are: Using a respirometer Germinating seeds in flasks Gas …

Lesson planning task: misconceptions

So far this week, we have only looked at misconceptions related to the topic of respiration. However, as students are familiar with many of the key concepts that they learn …

Germinating seeds in flasks

This video demonstrates how to set up an investigation into heat production by living and non-living pea seeds. The experiment uses the observation that respiring organisms release heat, to investigate …

Gas exchange in plants

This video demonstrates how to set up investigations into the uptake or release of carbon dioxide by pondweed, algae immobilised in alginate beads and whole leaves detached from a plant, …

Teachers’ perspectives: assessing misconceptions

In this video teachers share how they identify, plan for and address misconceptions with their students. Some key points from the video include: When planning the lesson, identify any misconceptions …

Using a respirometer

In this activity we will look at three practicals which can support students understanding of respiration and challenge misconceptions. As you watch the videos, we’d like you to make a …

Glossary of definitions

Plant science is full of specialist terminology, and we’ve introduced a lot of words through the quiz. If you’ve noted down any terminology or answers in the quiz that you …

The right question at the right time

When we are planning to address students’ misconceptions, we need a good set of strategies for finding out what students are thinking. In his blog about assessing students’ understanding, Dylan …

Pulling water from the sky

In his blog, Nigel Chaffrey describes some new research which “messes up anyone’s ‘linear teaching model’ where we tell our students that water travels unidirectionally – upwards – in the …

Lesson planning task: contexts

With the best will in the world, we all have topics which we find less inspiring or harder to make interesting and relevant for students. Over the weeks in this …

The most amazing thing about trees

It can be a challenge for students to use ideas from physics and chemistry to explain biological concepts, and so here we explore two modelling activities which provide opportunities for …

Checking for understanding

When students have collected their data in the red pepper osmosis experiment, how will you check whether they understand what has happened? Explaining the movement of water in osmosis requires …

A simple potometer

In this video you will find out how to set up and use a simple potometer. As a safety precaution, it is suggested that a technician should set up the …