How Do You Know That? Helping Students Write About Claims
This web seminar took place on December 12, 2012, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenter was Dr. Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, NSTA Press
author of Science the Write Way. In this program Dr. Wheeler-Toppen shared
strategies for using claims, evidence, and reasoning in the classroom.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
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In this web seminar Dr. Wheeler-Toppen introduced participants to the Claims–Evidence–Reasoning
(CER) approach by asking for their input on an example scenario. She then provided
background on CER and discussed its relevance to the Common Core and the Next Generation
Science Standards. Dr. Wheeler-Toppen shared strategies for supporting students
as they use writing to explore CER. She also gave examples and ideas for assessment.
Finally, participants practiced using CER to solve a science mystery.
Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in
the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “This was an awesome presentation!! It was extremely relevant to what is going
on right now - the changes we are required to make to meet the Common Core Learning
- “I thought the suggestion to use a 'murder mystery' to introduce CER to students
was a really great idea, and I will look into that for my own classroom.”
- “This seminar was well planned and presented with great examples and opportunities
for meaningful participant interaction.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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