I like this idea of having the students write a narrative for how the bonds form and creating a model for it. I think it would be better if there was some type of computer program where they can create the model electronically instead of using clay.
This article explains how children create their perceptions only on their experiences because that is meaningful to them. Teachers must allow students to explore to make sense of science through experience.
I’d like to share a couple of videos with you that I have used recently in the courses I teach. I find these videos particularly interesting because they show such contrasting approaches to learning and in particular – for want of a better word – e-learning.
Because of the way bonding is taught in high school, many students believe chemical bonds isa form of matter holding them together. Students do not understand bonding is more of an attraction holding the atoms together.
Michael Horton discusses many common science misconceptions that students often ask. I think it is interesting he mentioned people at a higher level believing we have blue blood because of the way it is drawn in textbooks.