Reflection: Conferencing Sound Waves vs. Light Waves "Un-notes" (2 days) - Section 2: Warm Up: Formative Assessment


When assessing these after this lesson, I sort them into stacks of learners with similar needs and conference with each group, specifically addressing the needs of each group.  Creating groups of learners with similar needs has been one of the most important strategies that I have come across in my teaching career.  I make time in my class 3 - 4 times a week to conference with small groups of similar learners.  It is a great way to address a misconception once to a small group as opposed to seven individual students.  In addition, students get what they need!  They don't have to listen to re-teaching they don't need or aren't lead through a discussion that they are not ready for yet.  Conferencing is a great way to individualize instruction.

I like to put my formative assessments on "slips" of paper that are easily sorted.  These formative assessments are quick, one or two question assessments directly tied to a learning target.  Below is a video demonstrating the sorting process.

  Conferencing: Student Feedback: Sorting Formative Assessments to Create Conferencing Groups
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Sound Waves vs. Light Waves "Un-notes" (2 days)

Unit 1: Waves: An Introduction and Exploration of Wave Properties
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to explain the similarities and differences between light waves and sound waves.

Big Idea: Students engage in the opposite of notes, or "un-notes", as they are introduced to sound and light wave interactions with hands on exploratory activities and engaging demonstrations.

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