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The Science of Teaching Science

Workshop 8. Assessing Student Understanding (90 min.)

Workshop 8: Assessment

The work of these teachers will be featured in Workshop 8:


Name: Jean Huff

Experience: 19 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 3; all subjects

Demographics: Elementary school in a suburban city

Classroom: 22 students; 15% special needs; 10% ESL

Science Teaching: Three times per week; approximately 120 minutes total

Curriculum: Specified by district

Other: Master's degree in elementary education
Teaches in an "open" school

Name: Tom Banaszewski

Experience: First-year teacher

Grade & Subjects: Grade 5; all subjects

Demographics: Suburban school in affluent town

Classroom: 26 students; 10% special needs

Science Teaching: 50-minute sessions; twice per week

Curriculum: Life, physical, and earth sciences; specified by district

Other: Shares teaching responsibilities with Andy, another first-year teacher, who was initially brought into the classroom to assist with special needs students

Name: Jeff Slomski

Experience: Student teacher; Cooperating teacher, Bernie

Grade & Subjects: Grade 6; Science and Mathematics

Demographics: Middle school in a suburban town

Classroom: 2 classes; 55 students total; multi-ethnic

Science Teaching: Daily sessions, six week internship

Curriculum: Specified by district

Other: Holds undergraduate degree in Business
Will hold Master's degree in Education with elementary and middle grades certification

Name: Dotty Herd

Experience: 23 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 6 and several Grade 7 students; all subjects

Demographics: K-8 school in a rural district

Classroom: 25 students, varied economic background

Science Teaching: Approximately 5 hours per week

Curriculum: Currently from the Tennessee Valley Project; previously built around objectives for state standardized test

Name: Pat Coleman

Experience: 21 years

Grade & Subjects: Grade 8; Life Science and Social Studies

Demographics: Middle school in a suburban town

Classroom: 48 students; 20% special needs

Science Teaching: Two classes, 40-minute periods, five times per week

Curriculum: School is moving toward an integrated science ("spiraled") curriculum; specified by district

Other: 8th-grade team leader
Shares classrooms with other teachers; does not have his own classroom

Questions to ponder before and after workshop 8:

Much change has taken place in the area of assessment of childrens' learning. Think about the different forms of assessment you use in teaching science.

1. What do you consider effective forms of assessment ?

2. What are the characteristics of an effective tool of assessment?


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