Uncovering Student Ideas in Science: 25 new formative assessment probes

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NSTA Press, 2009 - Education - 184 pages
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Wouldn't it be helpful to know what your students' ideas are about a science concept before launching into a new lesson or unit? Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Volume 4 offers 25 more formative assessment probes to help reveal students' preconceptions of fundamental concepts in teaching science, bringing the total to 100 probes for the popular series by author Page Keeley. Teachers of grades K - 12 will find short probes with grade-band specifics that provide easy-to-follow suggestions for addressing students' ideas by promoting learning through conceptual-change instruction. Volume 4 adds to the probes in physical, life, and Earth and space science with a new category called "unifying principles." Also covered is a discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment.

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NStA publishes a wide variety of resources for science teachers that link to national and state standards. This team of authors have now published four full volumes of various activities designed to ... Read full review


Sugar Water
Iron Bar
Burning Paper
Nails in a Jar
Salt Crystals
Ice Water
Warming Water
Standing on One Foot
Chicken Eggs
Is It Fitter?
Catching a Cold
Digestive System
Camping Trip
Global Warming
Where Does Oil Come From?

Magnets in Water
Is It a Model?
Is It a System?
Life Earth and Space Science Assessment Probes Concept Matrix
Is It Food?
Biological Evolution
Where Would It Fall?
Lunar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse

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Page Keeley recently retired from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) where she was the Senior Science Program Director for 16 years, directing projects and developing resources in the areas of leadership, professional development, linking standards and research on learning, formative assessment, and mentoring and coaching. She has been the PI and Project Director of 3 National Science Foundation-funded projects including the "Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network", "PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School", and "Curriculum Topic Study: A Systematic Approach to Utilizing National Standards and Cognitive Research". In addition to NSF projects, she has directed state MSP projects including "TIES K-12: Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science K-12 "and a National Semi-Conductor Foundation grant, "Linking Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy (L-SILL)." She also founded and directed the Maine Governor s Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, a replication of the National Academy for Science Education Leadership of which she is a Fellow.

Page is the author of 14 national bestselling books, including four books in the "Curriculum Topic Study" series, 8 volumes in the "Uncovering Student Ideas in Science "series, and a science and a mathematics version of" "Formative" Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning. "She has also authored over 30 journal articles and is a regular contributor to a formative assessment column in "Science and Children"." "Currently she provides consulting services to school districts and organizations throughout the U.S. on building teachers and school districts capacity to use diagnostic and formative assessment and teaching for conceptual understanding. She is a frequent invited speaker on formative assessment in science and mathematics and conceptual change.

Page taught middle and high school science for 15 years before leaving the classroom in 1996. At that time she was an active teacher leader at the state and national level. She served two terms as President of the Maine Science Teachers Association and District II Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1992, the Milken National Distinguished Educator Award in 1993, the AT&T Maine Governor s Fellow in 1994, the National Staff Development Council s (now Learning Forward) Susan Loucks-Horsley Award for Leadership in Science and Mathematics Professional Development in 2009, and the National Science Education Leadership Association s (NSELA) Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award in 2013. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine, was a science literacy leader for the AAAS/Project 2061 Professional Development Program, and currently serves on several national advisory boards. She is a science education delegation leader for the People to People Citizen Ambassador Professional Programs, leading the South Africa trip in 2009, China in 2010, and India in 2011.

Prior to teaching, she was a research assistant in immunology at the Jackson Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and a Master in Science Education from the University of Maine. In 2008 Page was elected the 63rd President of NSTA.

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