A plethora of advice

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There is no shortage of advice about how to talk and how not to talk about energy in the science classroom – good, bad and indifferent.

  • Is introducing students to a ‘circus of energy changes’, a helpful starting point for them to practice using ‘energy descriptions’?
  • Is using money as an analogy a good way of clarifying what energy is?
  • What should I say causes changes to happen? Energy? Force? Entropy? Differences?
  • Should I avoid talking about ‘forms of energy’, such as kinetic energy?
  • Is it better to talk about where energy is and how it moves from one place to another?
  • Should I avoid using the word ‘heat’? Or use it just as a verb, but never as a noun?
  • Is it better to think of energy as ‘just a value’ or as something ‘substance-like’.
  • Should I avoid using ‘energy’ to explain what happens in changes, and just use it as an ‘accounting device’.
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