Reflection: Pre-Tests Introduction to Engineering Design - Section 2: Pre-Assessment


Conducting a pre-assessment of students before I began a unit has always made perfect sense to me.  I look at them carefully, sorting out what I need to teach and figuring out who will need extra help.  It also gives me insight into partnering students - putting together those with more background knowledge with those whose knowledge is not as extensive.

Then, on those rare occasions I will get a student like the one I have this year.  He is an anomaly.  He understands extremely complex scientific concepts, but still thinks air does not have mass. He is brilliant, yet struggles with writing, organization, and cooperative tasks.  In this screencast of student pre-assessment, I discuss his responses to the pre-assessment, and my dilemma.  What do you do with a student who already knows the content before you've taught it?

  Pre-Tests: Analyzing Student Work
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Introduction to Engineering Design

Unit 3: Plaid Pete Engineers A Solution
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their background knowledge about the engineering design process, and their understanding of human impacts on Earth Systems.

Big Idea: What do students already know about the engineering design process? What do they already know about human impacts on Earth Systems? Students take a pre-assessment that will be used to inform instruction.

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Science, Design (Tech and Eng), design process, research and development, science notebooks, Science Models, engineering, resources
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2015 03 20 13 54 47
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