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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

Curriculum Designer, Instructional Coach, Zanilu Educational Services, LLC
#ScientistMakerI taught Middle School science for 15 years and loved it, but it was time to make a change! I am currently writing, testing and evaluation curriculum for several different companies. I also am an instructional coach for middle and high school teachers. A client wrote... Read More →

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