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How Do You Know That? Helping Students Write About Claims and Evidence
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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 the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

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 Standards.”
  • “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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