Formative Assessment Probes: Embedding Formative Assessment Into the 5E Instructional Modelby: Page Keeley

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This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. This month’s issue includes an illustrative example of how formative assessment probes and formative assessment classroom techniques can be embedded into a sequence of 5E lessons targeting the grades 3–5 disciplinary core idea, the amount (weight) of matter is conserved when it changes form, even in transitions in which it seems to vanish.

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  • on Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:45 PM

I am so excited for this article. I did not even know how much I needed (and my preservice teachers needed) this article until I used it this semester to great success. Two of the main ideas in my Science Methods course are learning to operationalize the 5e instructional model and improving formative assessment practices. This article helped my students see the overlap. Thank you!

Katie B  (Statesboro, GA)
Katie B (Statesboro, GA)

  • on Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:30 AM

When it comes to pre-assessment, it can be hard to develop a sure-fire way to uncover misconceptions.Probing is a common means of doing this. The PEO method is described as Prediction, Explain, and Observe. This method not only informs the teacher but also redirects the students and their misconceptions better preparing them for the content they will be learning. As far as the remaining aspects of the lesson goes, this article does a great job of breaking down the 5E's (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) into their general purposes and what should be achieved at the end of each. In addition, this article goes in depth for how to do formative assessment probes in each of the E's.

Amy Gibson  (Keene, NH)
Amy Gibson (Keene, NH)

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