Reflection: Student Ownership Part 1-The Light in Our Night Sky...Stars - Section 5: Exit


A great way to have students take ownership of their learning is asking them to take part in the assessment process of their work. Often enough, we use rubrics and benchmarks to assess students so it’s important to make students part of the process. It is not an overnight process as students need to be taught how to self-assess accurately through modeling, frequent feedback, and expectations.  This process takes time and practice. With modeling and frequent feedback, students start to develop the ability to self-reflect in order to further their learning. And it should be noted that assessing for understanding differs from assessing of learning, this is more related to specific grades, and not how students learn. It is important to help students distinguish between the two.

There is great value in having a student take part in measuring their progress. They develop a purpose of what they are learning and how their work is used as evidence to determine if they have successfully met the learning target of the lesson.  They take ownership of their learning, and begin developing self-awareness of what they know and understand.

In this lesson, I asked students to rate their understanding of stars brightness.  I decided to use this method because this unit focused on concepts that are abstract to them as space is not a place we can travel to and experience. I had them take part in activities to help them make the ideas more concrete, but I needed to see how well they grappled with the concepts. I found the average student rating was around a three. I found it interesting that there were not many fours which indicated to me that they put thought into what they truly understood about the apparent brightness of stars.

I find self-assessments valuable because I can look at individual misconceptions, confusion, and tailor the next lesson by adding in review or pulling small groups during our intervention block.

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Part 1-The Light in Our Night Sky...Stars

Unit 5: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT explain how the appearance and brightness of stars is due to their relative distance from the Earth.

Big Idea: Students will investigate how the distance of the stars contribute to the brightness that is seen on Earth.

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