Integrating Energy, Equity, and Place in High School Physics

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Energy Tracking Diagrams

We describe an energy representation, called an Energy Tracking Diagram, that incorporates multiple learning targets for energy, including conservation, forms, tracking (transfer and transformation), and appropriate consideration of systems in complex real-world scenarios. Energy Tracking Diagrams prompt learners to recognize the mechanisms for and constraints on energy transfer and transformation processes. As powerful visual representations, Energy Tracking Diagrams uniquely illuminate learners’ understanding of energy dynamics and can therefore also be used for assessment purposes.

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Energy is a foundational concept of physics and plays an integral role in a web of sociocultural realities, economic issues, and public policies. The Energy and Equity Portal supports high school teachers in teaching a robust model of energy, grounded in the NGSS, and also intentionally constructed to support engagement with current sociopolitical issues.

Using the resources and community provided in the Portal, teachers explore energy learning as a means for promoting discussions of energy justice and energy equity globally and in our local communities. By developing a model of energy in physics that is fully aware of how science is sociocultural, teachers and students create science concepts informed by their cultural worlds and educational priorities. Check out the classroom-ready teaching tools and enjoy a dynamic and compassionate professional learning community!

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