ELEMENTARY, K-5MIDDLE, 6-8HIGH, 9-12 Learning Priorities Learning Priorities (core) Science CelebrationsCommon Syllabi Common Assessments Common Mid-year Exams/Final Exams Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning Data Analysis ProtocolStudent Choice in Assessment
MA LS 14 MA LS 1 Grade 6 Life Science Strand MA LS 6 MA LS 13 MA LS 15 MA LS 5
Question Are our students more successful when a visual is provided with the question? Observation(s) Specifically with regard to students with special needs, the average percent correct on questions with visuals is 6% lower than those without visuals over a six-year period. Regular education students present a similar trend, but the percentage correct is considerably lower (2%). Inference(s) We are not giving our students ample opportunity to analyze and interpret visuals. Extension(s) We must provide additional practice with visuals (i.e., assessments, informational text).
ELEMENTARY, K-5MIDDLE, 6-8HIGH, 9-12 Interactive NotebooksStudent Choice in Assessment Formative Assessment Probes Objectives and Assessment Science Fair
Source: Science and Children. Washington, D.C: National Science Teachers Association, 2012. Online.
ELEMENTARY, K-5MIDDLE, 6-8HIGH, 9-12 For Your Information Newsletter (monthly) Workshop-related (grade-level) Meetings Aspen STE Page Department Heads
“I have found that our recent department meetings have had more of an impact on my teaching than any from the past. I am taking away simple, usable ideas that affect my teaching every day.” -Dave Yaeger, PSHS Physics Teacher