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Saturday, March 9 • 10:00am - 10:50am
CER- You Know What it is, but how do you teach and assess it?

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Teaching students to make sense of data they have collected and to describe the phenomenon they observe is crucial to them becoming critical thinkers and not merely memorizing vast amounts of information. Using Claims, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) is an excellent way to help students to learn and to meet the NGSS. CER is more than just coming to a conclusion. Students, when asked to make a conclusion after the completion of a lab often will say something like, “The heavier ball made a bigger impact”. They are often quite good at stating what happened (the claim) but fall short of giving proof (evidence) or demonstrating that they understand the why (reasoning). These are not intuitive and students must be given explicit instruction and multiple opportunities to practice these skills. This session will share examples that have been used in our middle and high school classrooms and rubrics for assessment of these skills.

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Kathy Biernat

Science Teacher, Grades 5-8, Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
I love teaching middle school!!!! I teach 5th-8th grade boys at Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and am the owner of Zanilu Educational Services. I write curriculum for Estes Model Rockets and several other companies. I love writing curriculum!~ I  am active in the National Middle... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am CST
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