Reflection: Unit Exams Plaid Pete Is Modeling Earth's Systems Unit Assessment - Section 2: Assessment


One of the difficulties in scoring constructed responses on assessments is that you will get student responses that "don't fit the mold."  These responses don't fall under a handy-dandy easy to read response guide.  In cases like these, I try to use my best judgement - unless it is a standardized type of assessment and I must have a particular response.

For example, in this screencast of student response 1, I discuss my highly capable student who gives me a futuristic response.  I am not going to mark this response incorrect just because it wasn't something I didn't teach in the unit.  I want my students to be thinking about energy transfers - even if they are hovercraft from the future!

In this screencast of student response 2, I share that I want my student to be thinking about what is happening in science - not worrying about spelling.  My students know this.  If students have to worry about spelling - you won't get their honest thinking.  They will be too afraid to write.  This student knows if I can't read it, I will ask.  I am getting pretty good at decoding 5th grade hieroglyphics!

  Unit Exams: Student Responses that Don't Fit the Mold!
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Plaid Pete Is Modeling Earth's Systems Unit Assessment

Unit 4: Plaid Pete is Modeling Earth's Systems
Lesson 15 of 15

Objective: SWBAT show what they know about Earth's Systems.

Big Idea: Students take a 3 part Unit Assessment,and apply their understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas of the Earth Systems and the crosscutting concepts, as well as using their knowledge of vocabulary, and scientific models.

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