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Teachers Being Students: "What is Mass?"

Four brave non science teachers at my school were asked the question, "What is mass?"  The teachers struggled to answer the question. Students learn science concepts best by confronting what they know about a concept, usually a misconception, and then trying to fit new and often conflicting information with that knowledge. Students often view this as confusing, but studies have shown that they learn a science concept better (see Veritasium's talk on effective education movies). The purpose of this video is to show my students that teachers/adults go through the exact same process.

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Reader Comments (5)

I love you. I got some really good ideas from this video and it makes the obvious well obvious. Sometimes I lose sight of good teaching methods and good questioning. Thanks

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerri Birkofer

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Thanks for the extremely nice compliment. Glad you like the site.

November 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterDarren Fix

This is awesome. Kids sometimes think we adults know all this stuff but this isn't the case and this video proves that.

December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLea

Another great science video! Before watching Teachers Being Students: "What is Mass?" I viewed the presentation by Derek Muller of Veritasium. I was really surprised by the study at first; however, after watching your video it makes a lot of sense. Your video is not only thought provoking, it is also entertaining! Thanks for sharing!

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

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