Two key challenges in science instruction are identifying the naïve conceptions and misconceptions students hold and getting past those misconceptions. To illustrate, let me begin with a story.
Early in my teaching career, I would sometimes
go into my school at night when it was empty and I
could get work done. My 5-year-old daughter would
often come with me and play while I worked. She and
I would always walk down the long corridor from
Students come to us with
perceptions about how the world
operates. Savvy questions teach
them to think more deeply.