Reflection: Checks for Understanding Day One of Plaid Pete's Star Lab - Section 2: Focus & Motivation


One of the things that always amazes me as a teacher is "How Much I Teach, and How Little They Know."  I used to subscribe to the old theory that if you teach it, they will learn it - but it simply isn't true.  This is one of the reasons why formative assessment is so very important.  The longer I teach, the more I discover that I have to throw in some kind of formative assessment piece after every single lesson - and quite often, in the middle of a lesson.  There are so many things competing for our students' attention.  The trick is to find formative assessment that is quick, easy, and effective.  Here are some formative assessment ideas I have found effective:

  • Post-It Notes (See my reflection on "The Power of The Post-It")
  • Whiteboard Responses
  • Quick Writes.
  • Sentence Frames (Write on the whiteboard/chart and have students fill in the blanks).
  • Write on an Index Card
  • "Line of Learning" (Students draw a line below a given response and then add information underneath the line after instruction)
  • Exit Tickets
  • Give It A Title - I ask my students to give a lesson a title and then explain why
  • Tell the 1 most important thing they learned
  • Draw a cartoon about what they learned

  How Little They Know!
  Checks for Understanding: How Little They Know!
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Day One of Plaid Pete's Star Lab

Unit 5: Plaid Pete is Finding Earth's Place in the Universe
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: SWBAT support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

Big Idea: What is a star? How are stars formed? Students begin this series of lessons in Plaid Pete's Star Lab by examining inquiry charts that help them learn about the lifecycle of a star.

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