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Highlights of this Course

This is a story about energy and equilibrium: a semester-long investigation of the global energy balance of Earth. Participants work with scientific models, maps, satellite images, and quantitative data. In hands-on investigations, they use physical models, light probes, temperature probes and spectroscopes to investigate light and its interaction with matter. Building on work with assessment from the previous course, participants come to understand formative assessment as an integral part of the teaching-learning process that takes place at each stage of scientific inquiry. They also learn to enlist their students and school colleagues as partners in formative assessment in order to move student learning forward. The course is blended face-to-face and online course.

Course Description

This course addresses both the learning of science and the practice of teaching. In this course you will investigate and explain heat transfer in the environment around you. The challenge is to reveal the patterns of heat and temperature that you can't see. To do that, modern scientists investigate thermal phenomena from both a microscopic and a macroscopic point of view. The teaching focus of this course is formative assessment for the purpose of helping teachers make instructional decisions that promote learning.

NOTE: The content and teaching format for this OCW version of the course is available as a resource only. IT IS NOT AN ONLINE-FOR-CREDIT COURSE AS IT WAS FOR MATRICULATING STUDENTS.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Roger Tobin, Course Director
Judah L. Schwartz
Sally Crissman
Sue Doubler
Hugh Gallagher
Gary R. Goldstein
Sara Lacy
Fulcrum Institute Development Team
Course Length
112 Hours