Evaluation and Assessment

Project-based learning in a geology classroom

I am a pre-service teacher, currently student teaching in a high school geology classroom. I would like to implement more project-based learning with my students. What are some effective strategies that you have found helpful in implementing a project-based learning unit? Also, how do you incorporate collaboration and self-assessment during a project-based learning unit? Any comments or advice would be extremely helpful. Thank you! -Anna Maynard

Annastacia Maynard
Annastacia Maynard
440 Activity Points

[color=#454545][font=.SFUIText][size=4]Hi Anna,[/size][/font][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]I teach preservice and in service science teachers an earth science course. We explore geological concepts and find ways to approach them with their students. [/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]You mentioned collaboration as a goal in your high school classroom. This starts with understanding the make up of each class you have and what they bring to the class as learners. By understanding this you can then assess the ‘ classroom learning culture’. Are students involved with ‘collective sense making’ during their class time? Are there discussions about concepts where students build upon their knowledge? In order for project based collaborative units to work you will need to know your students and how groups work. [/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]You asked about assessment and you might find some good ways to begin by some of the ways this educator from Ohio asks questions and begins to evaluate their understanding as they do sand formation activities. [/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#e4af0a][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText][url=http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/tst04_071_07_36]http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/tst04_071_07_[/url][/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]“Modeling geologic processes and features with sand is an effective way for teachers to promote student understanding of Earth science topics and quickly assess students’ prior knowledge.”[/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]Here is another:[/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText-Bold][b]Modeling Glacial Features With Sand[/b][/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#e4af0a][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText][url=http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9781933531489.1]http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9781933531489.1[/url][/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]In this investigation, students make a model of the different erosional features of valley and continental glaciers out of sand and determine their impact on topography and hydrology.”[/font][/size][/font][/size][/color] [color=#454545][size=3][font=.SF UI Text][size=4][font=.SFUIText]Let us know if these resources help you.[/font][/size][/font][/size][/color]

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
42030 Activity Points

Hi Anna --

The February issue of NSTA's Science Scope has the theme of project-based learning. Although this is a middle school journal, I suspect that the activities could be ramped up a bit for high school. There are good articles on co-designing projects with students and managing group work.

Mary B.

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
7765 Activity Points

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