Reflection: Checks for Understanding Exploring Brain Surgery: Taming and Treating the Tremors of Parkinson's - Section 4: Evaluate


         There is a lot power in assigning students a task that requires for them to truncate information. To effectively do so, students must examine the information in its totality, sort the information based on its level of significance and produce a few statements that seamlessly thread the major ideas together. This tells us what they authentically comprehend and if a lesson was worth the efforts. In virtual based lessons, it is sometimes difficult to assess if students are coasting through a task or gaining content from the experience. In the end it can be difficult to know if it was worth the valuable classroom time. This is why I utilized students summaries for this assignment to account for 40% of their total grade. As a result, students overall grades for this assignment befitted a bell curve with B- being the average grade. Attached are examples of student work that earned them a place on the bell curve  continuum from top (student 1, A) to bottom (student 3, D). 

  Making the Most of Students Summaries!
  Checks for Understanding: Making the Most of Students Summaries!
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Exploring Brain Surgery: Taming and Treating the Tremors of Parkinson's

Unit 10: Brain Damage and Disease
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will interpret data to identify and explain potential treatments for patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Big Idea: Medical treatment practices utilized for Parkinson's Patients can help us to better treat this condition and understand why advances in Science Technology Engineering and Math are critical in the classroom.

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