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Formative Assessment is assessment FOR learning.
10 Key Points about Formative Assessment
(from Page Keeley)
1. How students (and teachers too!) view an event, phenomena, or object in science depends on their prior knowledge and experiences.
2. Just because you taught it doesn’t mean they learned it.
3. Formative Assessment promotes thinking as well as provides information about thinking.
4. To use formative assessment effectively, classroom environments must change so that all ideas are valued and respected, not just the right answers.
5. Selection and use of formative assessment strategies must be purposeful.
6. Formative Assessment can be used to initiate inquiry and engage students in scientific argumentation.
7. Students fail to grasp the big ideas when they are limited by context.
8. Hands-on activities can have unintended consequences.
9. Representations can reinforce or develop misconceptions.
10. Misconceptions are not bad. They are a good thing when teachers purposefully use them as a springboard to bridge students’ ideas with conceptual understanding of science.
Hear Page Keeley discuss Formative Assessment
A Private Universe Project
A Private Universe Project in Science
NSTA Web Seminar -
Uncovering Student Ideas in Science
Science Formative Assessments: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning
By: Page Keeley
From Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 Formative Assessment Probes
Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin
Sample Chapter from Volume 1.pdf
From Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 2: 25 More Formative Assessment Probes
Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Joyce Tugel
Sample Chapter from Volume 2.pdf
From Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 3: Another 25 Formative Assessment Probes
Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Chad Dorsey
Sample Chapter from Volume 3.pdf
are cartoon-style drawings that put forward a range of viewpoints about an everyday event.
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Science on the Subway
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Concept Cartoon with followup activity.
- Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School
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Concept Mapping Information
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Interactive Student Notebooks
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