Reflection: Performance Tasks Assessment of Understanding How Light Energy Enters the Eye - Section 2: The Results Are Shared!


As I was going through the display after school, reflecting and rechecking my grading on the rubrics, I thought about how important this project was to them. This performance assessment was the first time they had made models. While I know that some parents or older siblings helped a lot, there was a value in that too. One student explained how her sister helped her put together her poster. I knew that portions of it were drawn by her older sister, but is was time they had spent together and the learning was there! This helped them spend time together talking and bonding. She could tell me all about how the eye works and in the end, that is what I wanted. 

Some more samples revealed more levels of creativity my students possess and the pride they took in their work. Only a couple of students were unable to explain. They had prepared very elaborate presentations by reading them aloud. I had stopped them very graciously at a natural stopping point in their presentation, and gently explained that I needed to them tell me about what they knew. I worked with them afterward and they presented to me.

One teaching challenge that students are adjusting to with NGSS is taking ownership for their knowledge. This was apparent in their level of discomfort of just talking about the eye and what they had learned, rather than reading off a report. Sometimes, precious creations break. I helped them glue parts together, good and new.

If I were to do something different, I think I would either model a presentation of another scientific model or be more specific on the rubric. However, even without the presentation model included on the rubric, I realized that better coaching about how to present this type of report is needed. 

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Assessment of Understanding How Light Energy Enters the Eye

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: Students will explain how the eye uses light energy to see objects by creating a model.

Big Idea: Students create a model eye in order to demonstrate their understanding of how the eye works.

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Science, Light, Sound, light wave, circuit, Project Based Assessment, Using Models to Demonstrate Knowledge, rubric, eye, reflection, light energy, kaleidoscope
  65 minutes
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