Peter A'Hearn

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Recent Reviews by Peter


Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:18 AM
5 Classroom ready resource
Both volumes of the Probes are a great resource for the classroom teacher or for professional development. Before working with a group of teachers have them select and give a probe to their classes. The student responses are truly eye opening and begin to foster real discussions about real student learning and how to structure lessons and units. Teacher often assume the concepts in the probes are "easy" and spend little time on them. Using multiple choice assessments as the only form of assessment leads teachers to assume language difficulties and lazyness are the reason for low acheivement. The probes often reveal that the problem is deep misunderstandings about scientific concepts.