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Assessment OF and FOR Learning

“Can we PLEASE do our summative assessment today?” This isn’t the general response teachers receive about assessment tasks but it makes me so happy to know that the student’s in my class are excited, not scared or nervous about assessment. Of course throughout the year we have openly discussed assessment …

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Purposeful Reflection: Documenting learning, for learning

So now I had to completely release control and hope for the best, the children were off to one of the other grade two classrooms to complete the experiment ‘Which shoe has the best grip?”. Of course the other teacher would be there to support them with the scientific inquiry and help them …

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Documenting Our Learning (Stage 1): Dissolving Experiment

  I wanted the children to continue developing their idea about the scientific method but I wanted also to introduce a new concept. I wanted them to document their learning as they worked their way through the next experiment, with me guiding them through the process. So we prepared our written experiment …

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Which ball bounces the highest?

Now I wanted the children to start to apply the scientific method in a range of different ways and I also wanted to introduce the idea of a ‘fair test’. So I set up an experiment that I could scaffold a little bit more, giving them the opportunity to further develop …

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Inquiry: What is scientific method?

When it comes to inquiry learning you have to be able to release some control and let the children try to discover what works on their own. We started our inquiry into scientific method with a simple question, what objects sink and what objects float? Without too much further prompting …