Reflection: Positive Reinforcement Essential Questions - Building Student Engagement in Science (Part 2/2) - Section 3: Evaluate


I read that formative assessment is at least twice as effective at promoting student learning than other kinds of assessment.  This lesson does not revolve around a core disciplinary idea, but rather, encourages students to creatively explore how they fit into the world and hopefully, how their ideas fit into their study of science. Because the objective of the lesson is about making connections rather than mastering concepts, the evaluation stage of the lesson should live within formative assessment. While I do have students complete a formal written response for practice, I don't grade their responses in the traditional sense. To continue to promote their curiosity, I provide feedback in the form of additional questions to consider. In this way, it is possible to support creativity, questioning and wondering rather than stifling it with a formal grade.

  Evaluating Creativity within Scientific Thinking
  Positive Reinforcement: Evaluating Creativity within Scientific Thinking
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Essential Questions - Building Student Engagement in Science (Part 2/2)

Unit 2: Engaging 21st Century Scientists
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT make connections between a unifying idea of science and their life experiences.

Big Idea: Can knowledge help us survive? Students explore the idea of whether "science" can help or hurt our chances of survival on Earth.

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Science, Physical Science, Science Skills, questioning, CER, safety
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