Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Spaceship Earth: Concept evolution (5 of 5) - Section 3: Accountable Talk Discussion


For this first rigorous, evidence-based whole class discussion, the class self-assesses while listening to selected excerpts from a recording of the discussion.  Attached is a sample excerpt from one of the Accountable Talk discussions for this course.  (It was recorded with an iPad.) Our self-assessment has two parts.
Part One: Whole class
Each student will listen to an excerpt or excerpts and answer the following:
  • Did students introduce claims with evidence from the research resources
  • Did students appear to have developed a formal claim paragraph articulating a detailed response to one of the focus questions before the Accountable Talk activity?
  • Did students ask questions about claims and evidence?
  • Did students explore the idea of human colonization of Earth in depth?

The whole class will discuss responses to these questions and we will target areas of strength and struggle for public display.

Part Two: Individual

Next students will assess themselves on our "non-negotiable" rules.  Students indicate either a "yes" or "no" for each statement.  For all "no" responses, students describe what they will do differently during the next class discussion.

  1. Every student must make one claim with evidence.
  2. Every student must additionally respond directly to at least one other student.
  3. Every student will record at least TWO answers to each focus question that are spoken during the discussion.

The purpose of this assessment is to provide actionable feedback to students.  It is not meant to be a punitive, "gotcha" teacher move.  This is a complex task that asks students to engage in college-level behavior.  Any experience with success should be highlighted; students should feel that improvement is possible.

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  Student Self-Assessment: Assessing accountability
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Spaceship Earth: Concept evolution (5 of 5)

Unit 2: Citizen science, Student design
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) describe the essential features of accountable talk; 2) defend a verbal claim using evidence; 3) connect takeaways from an accountable talk discussion to potential environmental stewardship management solutions

Big Idea: Human ingenuity has negatively affected the natural environment. How might we use human ingenuity to develop solutions to the problems that we have caused?

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Science, Statistics, field work, Community Mapping, engineering design thinking
  55 minutes
graphic spaceship
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