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Using student writing to assess and promote understandings in science

Paul R. Ammon

Using student writing to assess and promote understandings in science

by Paul R. Ammon

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Published by Center for the Study of Writing in Berkeley, CA, Pittsburgh, PA .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Secondary),
  • Science -- Study and teaching (Secondary)

  • Edition Notes

    StatementPaul Ammon, Mary Sue Ammon.
    SeriesOccaisional paper / Center for the Study of Writing -- no. 16., Occasional paper (Center for the Study of Writing at Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon) -- no. 16.
    ContributionsAmmon, Mary Sue Hersey., University of California, Berkeley. Center for the Study of Writing., Carnegie-Mellon University. Center for the Study of Writing.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination6 p. ;
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14556442M
    OCLC/WorldCa25098324

    Understanding final assessment questions Final assessments offer you opportunities to fully demonstrate your mastery of what you have learnt in those units. They require you to demonstrate your understanding of key concepts, your ability to analyse or evaluate these concepts, and your skill in applying your knowledge to new scenarios. – ELL: Reading and Writing. Journaling – Students become better writers by writing. Require English language learners to keep science journals () in which they write lecture notes, new terms, and responses to prompts.

      To check their understanding of a new idea, concept or content piece, ask them to write three summaries. The first should be 10 to 15 words. The second is 30 to 50 words.   The benefits of students integrating journal writing across the curriculum are amply documented. From a teacher's perspective, there are few activities that can trump journal writing for understanding and supporting the development of student thinking. Journaling turbo-charges curiosity.

    This framework supports us in understanding and using reading assessment and allows us to examine the (1) Consequences, (2) Usefulness, (3) Roles and responsibilities, (4) Reliability, and (5) Validity of a reading assessment. The knowledge gained from applying the CURRV framework brings us closer to an informed use of reading assessment. Teachers may use assessment data powerfully and in many ways, such as improving classroom prac-tice, planning curricula, developing self-directed learners, reporting student progress, and research-ing teaching practices. Science assessments may also be conducted at the district, state, or na-tional levels.


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Using student writing to assess and promote understandings in science by Paul R. Ammon Download PDF EPUB FB2

OP Using Student Writing to Assess and Promote Understandings in Science. By: Paul Ammon, Mary Sue Ammon Publication: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Occasional Paper Date: Summary: This paper suggests that writing assignments can be a rich source of information for science teachers who wish to take their students' present understanding.

Writing can be a rich source of information for science teachers who wish to take their students' present understandings into account as they plan and carry out instruction. The responses students give when asked to explain in writing what happened in an experiment can help the teacher address particular student's misunderstandings.

Even writers of low ability can Cited by: 1. Get this from a library. Using student writing to assess and promote understandings in science. [Paul R Ammon; Mary Sue Hersey Ammon. This book addresses critical issues of assessment including:Criteria to measure student progress in the six domains of science: concepts, processes, applications, attitude, the nature of science, and creativity Assessing student learning Evaluating teaching practice Designing rubrics and scoring guidesThis second edition of Assessing Student.

Writing frames for science notebook entries modeled by the teacher and co-created with students provide excellent scaffolding for struggling students or students with disabilities.

The use of visual entries such as drawings, charts, graphs, diagrams, models,and so on also allow students to make entries even if they are struggling with writing. Asking students to write or speak about science findings from a review of research or their own experiments with an audience in mind.

Components of literacy are already present in the science classroom. The key is to mindfully support the levels of reading, writing, and speaking skills your students possess, while focusing on content.

The assessment process is an effective tool for communicating the expectations of the science education system to all concerned with science education. two sample assessment tasks, one to probe students' understanding of the natural world and another to probe.

Writing assessment refers not only to evaluating a student's final paper and assigning it a grade, but also to measuring a student's knowledge of the elements of writing we have taught him. Assessment is a crucial part of the instructional process and of a student's growth as a writer, but it also demands much of the teacher.

In Targeted teaching: How better use of data can improve student learning,7 Goss and Hunterindicate that a rigorous use of evidence supports the process of formative assessment to improve teaching and learning.

Teachers should start by developing a clear understanding of where each student is at in his/her learning. Though assessment, teachers. Using Writing to Develop and Assess Critical Thinking. Teaching of Psychology, 22(1): This Creative Commons license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon our work non-commercially, as long as they credit us and indicate if changes were made.

You can use crossword puzzles to evaluate understanding of a variety of history, science, or literature topics such as states, presidents, animals, or even sports.

Narration The practice involves having a student tell you, in his own words, what he has heard after a read-aloud or learned after studying a topic.

Lomax, ). Unlike the definition of “student reading assessments” that refers only to assessments that have been conducted in a systematic and standardized manner, the definition of “student writing assessments” is broader due to the limited number of standardized, adequate measures to assess a complex and iterative construct like.

Role Play. Another way to assess your students’ speaking abilities is by having them perform role-plays in front of the class. By giving them a situation and roles to play, you can see how creatively your students are able to use language with one another. Be listening for content and grammar as with any oral assessment, but you can also be attuned to how your students are.

A teacher's second responsibility is to promote students' success in writing. The teacher does this by carefully monitoring students' writing to assess strengths and weaknesses, teaching specific skills and strategies in response to student needs, and giving careful feedback that will reinforce newly learned skills and correct recurring problems.

‘Using science news articles’: Providing opportunities to read science news article associated with the topic being taught in the classroom will help students connect to the real world issues. Have students write a short evaluation of the article, provide them some guided questions so that they can focus on specific aspects of the article.

Students create index cards with a large green marker circle on one side and red on the other. If they are following along and understanding the lesson, the green side of their card is upright and visible to you. When they do not understand something and need clarification, they flip the card to show you the red side.

Writing. These activities assess understanding and the student's ability to write and formulate ideas. Writing capability and fine motor dexterity will vary among your students.

Take this into consideration, especially if you’re timing it. Assess the student's ability to compose appropriate language, follow the writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, etc.) and address the writing task. Assessment Ideas for Grades Word Recognition: Have the student complete a matching assessment that has the definitions on one side and the vocabulary words on the other.

Using old magazines, let students create a collage of images that demonstrates their understanding of a concept. For example, math concepts, like equalities, balanced equations, and volume; science concepts, like weather, life cycles, and chemical reactions; and English concepts, like word roots, conjugations, and punctuation.

USE MULTIPLE METHODS AND SYSTEMATICALLY GATHER DATA ON STUDENT UNDERSTANDING AND ABILITY. During the ordinary operation of a class, information about students' understanding of science is needed almost continuously.

Assessment tasks are not afterthoughts to instructional planning but are built into the design of the teaching. Another method is to use informal assessments. Ask students to tell you about what they read or retell the story or event in their own words.

Put students in discussion groups and listen to what they have to say about the book, watching for areas of confusion and students who are not participating. Teachers use formative assessment at many points during a unit or chapter to help guide student learning.

Summative assessment comes in after completing a content area to gauge student understanding. Improving vs evaluating. If anyone knows how much the learning process is a constant work in progress, it’s you! There is no shortage of strategies, techniques, and tools available to teachers who use formative instructional practice in their classrooms.

Here is an extensive list of 75 digital tools, apps, and platforms that can help you and your students use formative assessment to elicit evidence of learning.