Reflection: Conferencing Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Section 3: Explore:

 

What makes a good conference?

Conferring or conferencing is a great formative assessment tool.  A good conference always begins with research.  During this part of the conference I listen to student conversations, observe student work or ask questions.  I ask my students Tell me about your work or What are you finding? During this time I record student successes and I research a possible teaching point.  After a minute or so I move into the second part of a good conference.  This next step is the compliment.  I make sure my compliments are sincere and honest.  Sometimes it may be a way to praise a partnership for working well together.  Next, I move into the teaching point and then work to provide clarification through questioning, modeling and re-teaching.  I may encourage my students to use the new vocabulary or  to think deeper about our research questions. I record my observations on science recording sheet and use this data to drive my teaching.

During my conferences in this lesson, I discovered some interesting misconceptions. Please check out my reflection video called Student Misconceptions!

  Conferencing: Thank goodness for conferencing!
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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Unit 2: Unit 2: Light Waves
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: SWBAT discover that objects need light to be seen.

Big Idea: Come and discover ways to see in the dark!

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Science, Light, light wave, cause and effect, light source
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