Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning [NOOK Book]


These 75 specific techniques help K–12 science teachers determine students’ understanding of key concepts.
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Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning

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These 75 specific techniques help K–12 science teachers determine students’ understanding of key concepts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452280691
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,053,111
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Consulting Description

Page Keeley is the senior science program director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). She directs projects in the areas of leadership, professional development, standards and research on learning, formative assessment, and mentoring and coaching, and consults with school districts and organizations nationally. She has been the principal investigator on three NSF-funded projects: the Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network, a school-based mentoring program that supported science and mathematics professional learning communities for middle and high school mentors and new teachers; Curriculum Topic Study- A Systematic Approach to Utilizing National Standards and Cognitive Research; and PRISMS- Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School, a National Digital Library collection of Web resources aligned to standards and reviewed for instructional quality. In addition she is a co-PI on two statewide projects: Science Content, Conceptual Change, and Collaboration (SC4), a state MSP focused on conceptual change teaching in the physical sciences for K–8 teachers and a National SemiConductor Foundation grant on Linking Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy (L-SILL). Keeley is the author of ten nationally published books, including four books in the Curriculum Topic Study series (Corwin Press), four volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: 25 Formative Assessment Probes series (NSTA Press), Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning (Corwin and NSTA Press), and Mathematics Formative Assessment: 50 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning (in press).

Keeley taught middle and high school science for 15 years. At that time she was an active teacher leader at the state and national level. She received the Presidential Award for excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1992 and the Milken National Educator Award in 1993. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine, is a Cohort 1 Fellow in the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, served as a science literacy leader for the AAAS/Project 2061 Professional Development Program, and has served on several national advisory boards. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences and served as the 63rd President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for the 2008-09 term.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. An Introduction to Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques (FACTs)
What Does a Formative Assessment Classroom Look Like?
Why Use Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques (FACTs)?
How Can Research Support the Use of FACTs?
Classroom Environments That Support Formative Assessment
Connecting Teaching and Learning
Making the Shift to a Formative Assessment-Centered Classroom
2. Integrating FACTs With Instruction and Learning
Integrating Assessment and Instruction
Assessment That Promotes Thinking and Learning
Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning: The Science Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Cycle (SAIL Cycle)
Stages in the SAIL Cycle
Engagements and Readiness
Eliciting Prior Knowledge
Exploration and Discovery
Concept and Skill Development
Concept and Skill Transfer
Self-Assessment and Reflection
Selecting and Using FACTs to Strengthen the Link Between Assessment, Instruction, and Learning
3. Considerations for Selecting, Planning for, and Implementing FACTs
Selecting FACTs
Selecting FACTs to Match Learning Goals
Selecting FACTS to Match Teaching Goals
The Critical Importance of Context in Selecting FACTs
Implementing FACTs
Starting Off With Small Steps
Maintaining and Extending Implementation
Using Data From the FACTs
4. Get the FACTs! 75 Science Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques (FACTs)
#1 A&D Statements
#2 Agreement Circles
#3 Annotated Student Drawings
#4 Card Sorts
#5 CCC: Collaborative Clued Correction
#6 Chain Notes
#7 Commit and Toss
#8 Concept Card Mapping
#9 Concept Cartoons
#10 Data Match
#11 Directed Paraphrasing
#12 Explanation Analysis
#13 Fact First Questioning
#14 Familiar Phenomenon Probes
#15 First Word-Last Word
#16 Fish Bowl Think Aloud
#17 Fist to Five
#18 Focused Listing
#19 Four Corners
#20 Frayer Model
#21 Friendly Talk Probes
#22 Give Me Five
#23 Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning
#24 Human Scatterplots
#25 Informal Student Interviews
#26 Interest Scale
#27 I Think, We Think
#28 I Used to Think...But Now I Know
#29 Juicy Questions
#30 Justified List
#31 Justified True or False Statements
#32 K-W-L Variations
#33 Learning Goals Inventory (LGI)
#34 Look Back
#35 Missed-Conceptions
#36 Muddiest Point
#37 No Hands Questioning
#38 Odd One Out
#39 Paint the Picture
#40 Partner Speaks
#41 Pass the Question
#42 A Picture Tells a Thousand Words
#43 P-E-O Probes (Predict, Explain, Observe)
#44 POMS- Point Of Most Significance
#45 Popsicle Stick Questioning
#46 Prefacing Explanations
#47 PVF: Paired Verbal Fluency
#48 Question Generating
#49 Recognizing Exceptions
#50 Refutations
#51 Representation Analysis
#52 Rerun
#53 Scientists' Ideas Comparison
#54 Sequencing
#55 Sticky Bars
#56 STIP: Scientific Terminology Inventory Probe
#57 Student Evaluation of Learning Gains
#58 Synectics
#59 Ten-Two
#60 Thinking Log
#61 Think-Pair-Share
#62 Thought Experiments
#63 Three Minute Pause
#64 Three-Two-One
#65 Traffic Light Cards
#66 Traffic Light Cups
#67 Traffic Light Dots
#68 Two Minute Paper
#69 Two of Three Before Me
#70 Two Stars and a Wish
#71 Two-Thirds Testing
#72 Volleyball, Not Ping Pong!
#73 Wait Time Variations
#74 What Are You Doing and Why?
#75 Whiteboarding
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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Great for High School

    Our entire science department was provided copies of this book to use in our Professional Learning Teams. I skipped most of the beginning info. and went right to the different assessments. Many are great ideas, and can easily be modified for the high school classroom since we all teach different classes. A few of the examples were a bit sketchy and took some collaboration to figure out how to use them. Considering the buzz words in science are formative and summative assessments, this clearly covers the formative piece. A great resource for high school science teachers.

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