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Scientific Inquiry with Mirrors

Scientific Inquiry with Mirrors

Scientific Inquiry with Mirrors

In this workshop, teachers guided through explorations at mirrors use experiments to answer questions. Watch how the facilitator uses the practices of science and experimentation—rather than simply transmitting facts and formulas—to support each learner’s conceptual understanding.

10 min

Dig into the Science

Check out the activity in this video and learn more about reflections. Discover for yourself that mirrors don’t reverse up and down—or left and right. Try the Mirror Reversal Science Snack.

We've highlighted several moments of pedagogical interest in this video.

  • A simple demonstration can initiate important thinking (2:49)
  • Establishing techniques with simple examples prepares learners for more complex situations (3:26)
  • Explorations based on familiar observations and experiences respect the context of the learner (4:17)
  • Introducing scientific terminology during direct experience with phenomena gives learners context for vocabulary (4:51)
  • Classroom connections provide relevancy for teachers (5:49)
  • Responding to questions with investigations, rather than direct answers, illustrates the scientific process while supporting content understanding (6:07)
  • Anticipating questions and preparing supporting materials can extend learning (8:23)