Science 9 – April 8
Students constructed parallel and series circuits today. It was an important lab to do and unfortunately many students didn’t really try too hard to follow our plan. Science 9 is a tough grade: many students really see no point in the year in general (their words, not mine). This unit is a real test of the students’ scientific reasoning. While they can record their observation and discuss what they are seeing, many students cannot take the next step. If <this is what you see> then <this must be true>.
I may give my science 9 students the Lawson Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning (CTSR). It can help identify where each student is at with their reasoning abilities.
Although our school is lacking a lot of science equipment, we do have a pretty good setup for circuits. There are lots of voltmeters, ammeters, cables, bulb holders and even enough batteries.