Reflection: Student Ownership Student Designed Lab: Testable Questions - Section 5: Wrap Up


Being able to accurately self-assess is an essential skill for independent learners and it is important to begin to train students right away.  I find that most students are honest when using yes/no check lists but tend to overestimate their work when using a rubric.  

This early in the year, while students fill out the check list correctly, they do not make the adjustments necessary to turn a "no" into a "yes".  They seem to feel that this is some sort of cheating and that they are not supposed to change their answer.  This is when I try to reinforce the idea it is ok, even expected, for them to make mistakes and that when they recognize their mistake that fixing it is the right thing to do.  This is hard for students to begin to do (though I don't know if it is part of their educational training or just an effect of their hurry to be done) but it is worth the time teaching students to be accountable for the quality of their work by using self-assessment tools as often as possible until students develop the habit of looking critically at their own work.

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Student Designed Lab: Testable Questions

Unit 2: Introduction to Science and Engineering Practices
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT write grade level appropriate testable questions centered on a randomly chosen object.

Big Idea: Students create their own investigations based on an object chosen from a big box of junk!

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Science, Science Skills, experimental evidence, experimental design, inquiry, asking questions and defining problems
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