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Assessing students in the 5E instructional Model.
In the article "Embedding Formative Assessment into the 5E Instructional Model" by Page Keeley, there is an illustrative example on how to incorporate formative assessments in the 5E teaching process. The model clearly shows how to effectively use the 5E learning model by first asking a question, having the students answer without input from the teacher, experimenting, creating new predictions based on results, answering why the results occurred, having the teacher teach the target or objective, and finally correcting the explanation of the results. Keeley demonstrating each phase separately helps the reader to better understand where to potentially place formative assessments. I have learned that in each phase of the 5E there are multiple opportunities to assess the students. The assessments are used to help the teacher know where to lead the students next, and what needs to be further explained. I also felt that it was neat how the "teacher" used a bar graph made out of sticky notes to graph the students responses based on their prior knowledge, and then after their observation/experiment has been completed. Having the students witness the different changes in the answers for the bar graph teaches that in science an idea or experiment can be extended by creating conclusions and adding additional factors.
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Thank you for sharing the article and your reactions to it. As you stated, there are multiple ways to assess students during each part of the 5E process. These formative assessments can be just-in-time ways for teachers to ascertain what students are learning.
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