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Uncover the hidden meanings children construct.
Not all formative assessment probes are used in the same way. The one described in this article is used as a means to initiate discussion and to develop norms of argumentation for elementary students. Reading this article explains how to conduct a lesson using the probe to accomplish a better understanding of the meaning of ‘living’.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
I love this featured column each month! Each probe I have used in my class has provided me new insights on what misconceptions and naïve understandings that my students have about a new concept we are about to learn about. I love how Page shows us how to use these probes to improve our teaching and our students’ learning. This particular probe reveals our students’ thinking on what it means to be living. Not only does Ms. Keeley explain in detail how to use this probe, but also she provides helpful hints on how to use it with different groups of student learners. The book chapter with the same name (Is it Living?) can be accessed in the NSTA Learning Center. It has even more complete teacher information to help us use this probe in our classrooms.
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)
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