Visible thinking unearths powerful data for teachers and student to identify progress and next steps.
One of the misconceptions I have stumbled on while teaching this unit has been around evaporation.
Last week my students observed water evaporating with heat and condensing again with cold.
Yet listening into their Doodlecasts, I was amazed how many children thought the oceans were a source of drinking water. Many were concerned that ocean pollution would lead to water shortages for humans.
The students know water should be colourless, odourless, tasteless, but they haven’t made a connection to their own personal experience that ocean water is salty and isn’t safe to drink.
From this doodlecast the children are showing they need to investigate further
If I had just relied on a the kids labelling a cycle, I might not have uncovered this misconception in students thinking.
They need to understand evaporation. If I had just relied on a the kids labelling a cycle, I might not have uncovered this misconception in students thinking.
I love how the girls are saying that they need to research and find out more – they are showing enthusiasm and curiosity about the world around them. Demonstrating not just what they say but how they say it is so important!