Picturing to Learn is a database of hand-drawn visuals by college science students prompted to explain a science concept to a high school student. These visual creations are a powerful way for revealing student understanding.
The following text is from the Picturing to Learn site:
The Picturing to Learn program was founded on the following core premises:
- drawings made by science students for the purpose of teaching others reveal misconceptions
- those drawings provide teachers with direct feedback on what students are and are not “getting,” to help promote more effective teaching
- the process of creating a drawing to teach others has the potential to deepen students’ understanding of scientific concepts
You can register for FREE which gives you access to over 3000 examples of student thinking on topics such as Particle in a Box, Brownian Motion, and Cell Generation & Membrane Potential.
We have used pictures to help students learn ideas about cycles (water, rock, carbon, land and sea breezes). It has helped tremendously with these ideas. I wonder if we could get together with some colleges in the Tacoma area. Or just work college instructing high schoolstudents. Then do something similar, scaled down, high school students to middle school.