Teachers' Domain, Assessing Understanding, published June 19, 2009, retrieved on ,
Assessing Understanding is a graduate-level professional development course. It is designed to enhance your understanding of inquiry-based approaches to teaching standards-based physical science at the high school level. In two sessions, you will investigate physical science topics and teaching methodologies using a wide range of online resources, including video segments, interactive activities, readings, and other multimedia materials. These resources are drawn from Teachers' Domain, WGBH's digital library service, which provides educational media to teachers and their students, for use in schools, libraries, and homes. The course provides an opportunity to explore novel learning environments and pedagogy applications that foster student interest, involve students in the research process, advance critical thinking/problem-solving skills, and develop conceptual understanding of physical science topics. It uses science inquiry, active learning, and curriculum design strategies to explore atomic structure, chemical reactions, motions and forces, the electromagnetic spectrum, and other important topics.
This course examines how you can assess students' knowledge before, during, and after a lesson, and then use what you discover to increase their level of understanding of atomic bonding, chemical reactions, and other topics in physical science.
Session 1: Prior Knowledge
Participants examine how learners' prior experiences and knowledge affect their ability to add new information to their knowledge base.
Session 2: Assessment on Chemical Reactions
Participants explore how specific teaching strategies help them assess what students understand about chemical reactions.
This course is the second in a series of four courses that cover key content and methodologies for teaching physical science in the high school classroom. A full survey course, offering 45 contact hours, is also available.
All sessions and their content correspond to the National Science Education Standards.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.