Assessment & Data

Student Lab Development Rubric

By allowing my students to assess other students' work and then providing them with a Student Lab Development Rubric to evaluate their own work, they learn to design and refine high-quality experimental procedures. The Student Lab Development Rubric is one of the tools I use to help students build the experiments they've created and then display results and lab analyses. When students are the ones dictating how they will conduct their experiments, they invest more fully in the activity and come to realize that science involves constant critical analysis and reiteration. I like to move conversations away from "right" and "wrong" and more towards how we can improve each component of our lab activities. Initially, some students feel uncomfortable identifying that their work isn't up to the high standards of the rubric, but over time most come to realize that this process helps them improve their final products and understand the underlying purpose behind labs.

Strategy Resources (5)
Student Handout
 
 
Here I have a template document that I use to help my students work out the logistics necessary to make a comprehensive procedure for the experiment they are attempting to implement. My students will identify their initial hypothesis, corresponding variables, and appropriate materials before creating a checklist that outlines each step they are going to take in their procedure. Identifying a space for each part of this ensures that my students don't forget to include important pieces in their procedure.
Student Handout
 
 
Students in the "Wasabi with You?" group created a checklist procedure outline for their "Flamin' Hot Cheetos Lab," covering the essential steps they would take during their experiment. Having them create these before they start gives me formative data as to how extensively they understand the process, as well as gives me an opportunity to insert key components that they might have skipped. In this fashion, I can reinforce proper procedure development protocol, and identify what areas my students might struggle with before they even get started.
Rubric
 
 
Over the course of the year, my students are constantly refining and designing experimental procedures. As we identify components of really great procedures, we integrate them into this dynamic science fair rubric that will be used at the end of the year to assess science fair projects. When my students design the mastery criteria, they are much more inclined to reach for the highest level of achievement. On top of that, categorizing essential elements of awesome labs helps students effectively organize the process of developing full-scale experiments, just like they will in college.
Student Work Sample
 
 
Students in the "Wasabi with You?" group created a checklist procedure outline for their "Flamin' Hot Cheetos Lab," covering the essential steps they would take during their experiment. Having them create these before they start gives me formative data as to how extensively they understand the process, as well as gives me an opportunity to insert key components that they might have skipped. In this fashion, I can reinforce proper procedure development protocol, and identify what areas my students might struggle with before they even get started.
Student Handout
 
 
Students in the "Wasabi with You?" group created a checklist procedure outline for their "Flamin' Hot Cheetos Lab," covering the essential steps they would take during their experiment. Having them create these before they start gives me formative data as to how extensively they understand the process, as well as gives me an opportunity to insert key components that they might have skipped. In this fashion, I can reinforce proper procedure development protocol, and identify what areas my students might struggle with before they even get started.
Student Work Sample
 
 
Students in the "Wasabi with You?" group created a checklist procedure outline for their "Flamin' Hot Cheetos Lab," covering the essential steps they would take during their experiment. Having them create these before they start gives me formative data as to how extensively they understand the process, as well as gives me an opportunity to insert key components that they might have skipped. In this fashion, I can reinforce proper procedure development protocol, and identify what areas my students might struggle with before they even get started.
Student Handout
 
 
Here I have a template document that I use to help my students work out the logistics necessary to make a comprehensive procedure for the experiment they are attempting to implement. My students will identify their initial hypothesis, corresponding variables, and appropriate materials before creating a checklist that outlines each step they are going to take in their procedure. Identifying a space for each part of this ensures that my students don't forget to include important pieces in their procedure.
Rubric
 
 
Over the course of the year, my students are constantly refining and designing experimental procedures. As we identify components of really great procedures, we integrate them into this dynamic science fair rubric that will be used at the end of the year to assess science fair projects. When my students design the mastery criteria, they are much more inclined to reach for the highest level of achievement. On top of that, categorizing essential elements of awesome labs helps students effectively organize the process of developing full-scale experiments, just like they will in college.
Jeff Astor
Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Tenth grade
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