Science Sampler: Conceptualizing Moon Phases—Helping students learn how to learn

by: Jerrid Kruse and Jesse Wilcox

Helping students understand how to learn is an important goal for all subjects and levels of education. While this goal is highly regarded, promoting it is extremely difficult. Many times, we as teachers are consumed with how to better help our students understand the content and forget to draw their attention to how they came to understand a particular phenomenon. This article provides a concrete experience that will help students better understand what causes the phases of the Moon seen from Earth, and also explains how we can help students develop their understanding of how to learn. Although it doesn’t address all that is known about learning, it does provide some major implications for learning.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2009Stock # ss09_032_05_55Volume 032Issue 05

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