Reflection: Continuous Assessment Let the Light Shine In: A Game Style Review - Section 3: Active Engagement


Although the review activity is just that, review, I use it to listen to the thinking of students.  If I only allow them to show their learning with a paper-pencil test, I will miss so much.  Many of my students go much more deeply into a concept when they can discuss and explain with each other. 

This type of activity is easily used by all students, with different levels of tasks, and can be rigorous for all.  As I moved around the room listening and working with students, I was able to do some on the spot teaching and reviewing.  I was also able to continue engaging students in their verbal and written communication of their knowledge.  

If I had only asked students to explain their knowledge of light energy on a written test, I may not really know if they truly comprehended a concept.  However, if I talk with them and listen in to their conversations with each other during a task like this, I gleen much, much more. 

Making thinking visible is key to really knowing a student's set of knowledge.

  Why Make Thinking Visible?
  Continuous Assessment: Why Make Thinking Visible?
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Let the Light Shine In: A Game Style Review

Unit 6: Light Energy
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to assess their own knowledge regarding concepts of light energy.

Big Idea: Preparing for an assessment, or a final project, can be daunting for 8 and 9 year olds. This game style review sets students up to learn what they have learned, while having fun and allowing the teacher to listen in to their scientific debate.

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Science, Light, assessment, Energy, interactive review, scientific debate, reflection, shadow
  40 minutes
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